“Oh yeah, I f***ed that show up. I put a bigger hole on that shit. What did you guys think, I’m some f***ing game to be played with? I’ve been on this game for too long to be f***ed with! … When I left the next day, I knew what was going on. They had GSP there, and want to have this big ‘GSP-McGregor show’ bullshit, I don’t want to even to hear about that. GSP is going to come out of f***ing retirement to fight this little ass Conor McGregor? What the f***? This is all just a freakshow now! So now what did I do? Now I pissed off Conor McGregor, I pissed off GSP, and most of all, I pissed off the UFC… but LOL, motherf***ers! He thought he would come back and make this big old ‘Congratulations, Georges St-Pierre is coming back’ show, but get the f*** out of here. You think this kid was coming to beat me. I spoiled your shit. That’s what you get, motherf***er, for trying to steal the show and make this about you. I spoiled everybody’s [plans].”
-Nate Diaz talks to Chael Sonnen on his “You’re Welcome” about blowing up the UFC’s plans for UFC 200 and what he believes would have been Georges St-Pierre’s return fight (transcribed by BloodyElbow.com).
Penick’s Analysis: It’s funny, true, and Diaz gave himself the payday that could have gone elsewhere by scoring that win over McGregor. The UFC played with fire on the short notice bout, McGregor fell short, and whatever they originally wanted to have happen – whether it was GSP-McGregor or some other fight for the Irishman – went up. McGregor-Diaz II will make huge money for them anyway, but it’s not quite what the event could have been with a slightly less intriguing main event for their hardcore fan base.
[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]
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