UFC 202: Nate Diaz On Loss To McGregor, Why $2 Million Isn’t Enough; Wants Trilogy Fight Next

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MMA H.E.A.T. was backstage at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas where Nate Diaz addressed the media after his loss to Conor McGregor in their rematch. Nate talks about the judges’ 48-47, 47-47, 48-47 scores, Conor running away from him during the fight, why his $2 million dollar paycheck isn’t enough money, whether or not he wants to fight Conor again and much more.

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547 Comments on "UFC 202: Nate Diaz On Loss To McGregor, Why $2 Million Isn’t Enough; Wants Trilogy Fight Next"

  1. Walter JR….. I wonder if ever Nate will go into a figth with no "injuries" or something outhere happening with his "camp". I think is just disgusting when a figther lost and start to throw excuses, just man up and go for the trilogy boy

  2. Nate was knocked down 3 times by a significantly smaller man, he kept walking into conors punches and legs kicks and not once changed his style so he would take less damage, he just absorbed damage, Conor fought smarter, and better, no wonder the judges gave it to conor, nate is just s baby who can't accept he got beat

  3. Nate was knocked down 3 times by a significantly smaller man, he kept walking into conors punches and legs kicks and not once changed his style so he would take less damage, he just absorbed damage, Conor fought smarter, and better, no wonder the judges gave it to conor, nate is just s baby who can't accept he got beat

  4. You use your knees running and bike riding , Conner keeps improving . A business man who filled your pockets Nate retire after the trilogy.good question Karen now you got what you you feel your worth . Thank you Conner for shaking up the game he did it in two years even though Nate been around a decade

  5. You use your knees running and bike riding , Conner keeps improving . A business man who filled your pockets Nate retire after the trilogy.good question Karen now you got what you you feel your worth . Thank you Conner for shaking up the game he did it in two years even though Nate been around a decade

  6. at the end of the day Connor lost the first fight he new he wasn't going to win on a knockout so went to ground for an easy exit came back for 202 and had a game plan stuck to that game plan and got the win there both savage fighters both with a win against 1 another Connor said hel be back he stayed humble after the first defeat and came back to prove his worth and now look at him champ in 2 weights and now a chance to make sporting history at the end of the day this kids 29 years old 4/5 years in the ufc and look where he is right at the top of his game.
    there both tough mother fuckers who behind the scenes have respect for each other.

  7. at the end of the day Connor lost the first fight he new he wasn't going to win on a knockout so went to ground for an easy exit came back for 202 and had a game plan stuck to that game plan and got the win there both savage fighters both with a win against 1 another Connor said hel be back he stayed humble after the first defeat and came back to prove his worth and now look at him champ in 2 weights and now a chance to make sporting history at the end of the day this kids 29 years old 4/5 years in the ufc and look where he is right at the top of his game.there both tough mother fuckers who behind the scenes have respect for each other.

  8. I'm not big on ufc, but nate diaz is the guy where if I didn't know him at all, and saw him in the alley, I'd be able to tell he's a scraper, even if he's a quiet guy, something about his voice and face I'd be able to tell he's a tough guy, he's the type of guy I wouldn't wanna fuck with lol, I'd rather see ben Wallace in the alley before him lol

  9. I'm not big on ufc, but nate diaz is the guy where if I didn't know him at all, and saw him in the alley, I'd be able to tell he's a scraper, even if he's a quiet guy, something about his voice and face I'd be able to tell he's a tough guy, he's the type of guy I wouldn't wanna fuck with lol, I'd rather see ben Wallace in the alley before him lol

  10. Diaz it seems like Connor was having some succes in the 1st two rounds what was causing you trouble in those rounds? CONNOR WAS SMASHING MY FACE IN AND CRUSHING MY KNEE IN WITH LEG KICKS….. lmao!!!Quit being a sore loser and admit when you get your ass kicked.  Your brother is the same damn way.

  11. Diaz it seems like Connor was having some succes in the 1st two rounds what was causing you trouble in those rounds? CONNOR WAS SMASHING MY FACE IN AND CRUSHING MY KNEE IN WITH LEG KICKS….. lmao!!!Quit being a sore loser and admit when you get your ass kicked.  Your brother is the same damn way.

  12. @Nate your face is fucking fucked.. Id want more money too for plastic surgery and teeth implants… I bet conner went out and flashed his face all over after that shit.. Block some shit next time… You fucking lost period.. No decision needed…

  13. @Nate your face is fucking fucked.. Id want more money too for plastic surgery and teeth implants… I bet conner went out and flashed his face all over after that shit.. Block some shit next time… You fucking lost period.. No decision needed…

  14. I love nate Diaz but conor didn't make injury excuses when he lost (nobody comes out of a camp 100% fit) and Diaz says in boxing conor would have had a point taken for running but nate is lucky the fight wasn't scored like a boxing match bc if it was he lost the 1st 2 rounds 10-8 also…. pffft the obvious thing about the fight is Diaz tried to fight the same fight as the first contest whereas Mcgraw or made adjustments, even tho Diaz won the first one I think he's arrogant think he would beat someone like mcgregor the same way twice, especially when all mcgregor and his coach have talked about since the loss is winning or learning

  15. I love nate Diaz but conor didn't make injury excuses when he lost (nobody comes out of a camp 100% fit) and Diaz says in boxing conor would have had a point taken for running but nate is lucky the fight wasn't scored like a boxing match bc if it was he lost the 1st 2 rounds 10-8 also…. pffft the obvious thing about the fight is Diaz tried to fight the same fight as the first contest whereas Mcgraw or made adjustments, even tho Diaz won the first one I think he's arrogant think he would beat someone like mcgregor the same way twice, especially when all mcgregor and his coach have talked about since the loss is winning or learning

  16. Connor had to move up 2 divisions for this fight and what most people don't realize is that Nate being the natural bigger-taller guy was stepping on the octagon around 20 pounds heavier than Connor, (during weigh-ins they will dehydrate themselves to make weight and regain it right after). If Nate decides to meet Connor at the middle on 155 he will be murdered!

  17. Connor had to move up 2 divisions for this fight and what most people don't realize is that Nate being the natural bigger-taller guy was stepping on the octagon around 20 pounds heavier than Connor, (during weigh-ins they will dehydrate themselves to make weight and regain it right after). If Nate decides to meet Connor at the middle on 155 he will be murdered!

  18. yeah by running away, I hate when fighters runaway, especially when they get paid 3 million, It's worse then an NFL wide receiver dropping a perfectly thrown pass. Professional fighters should get points taken away for running. McGregor isn't as tuff as he says he is. He was smart to run though saved him from getting tapped out again.

  19. yeah by running away, I hate when fighters runaway, especially when they get paid 3 million, It's worse then an NFL wide receiver dropping a perfectly thrown pass. Professional fighters should get points taken away for running. McGregor isn't as tuff as he says he is. He was smart to run though saved him from getting tapped out again.

  20. why is no one talking about the 2nd round KO that MacGregor promised? i think he won, but barely why is everyone saying he destroyed Diaz…McGregor is the one who went to the hospital! stop all the nonsense!

  21. why is no one talking about the 2nd round KO that MacGregor promised? i think he won, but barely why is everyone saying he destroyed Diaz…McGregor is the one who went to the hospital! stop all the nonsense!

  22. During the fight at the end of r2 Joe said "1/1"? I take it that was his read on it. At the end of r4 Mike said "this could be 2/2". Watching it live, it was hard to say, not being an expert nor truly understanding the scoring system, it seemed like Nate's fight…that and rooting for Nate…it was so close, the score shows how close it was, so of course Nate would believe he'd won. Any Nate fan is going to be heartbroken by the decision, any Conor fan thrilled. Fight fans will analyze. Although I don't understand all the nasty name calling, but that's just me. That close score, to me, shows how well both these men performed. Respect and congrats to Conor for the win, going the distance, learning with adjustments and knowing when to use the tactical running. Respect and congrats to Nate for his success and doing what he does. Respect to both men for an incredible fight. Like Conor said "It was a fight for the ages"

  23. what a bad looser full of excuses ya say he was running away people would call that regrouping have you ever heard of a thing called strategy don't get me wrong Diaz is an epic fighter but come Diaz be a bit more gracious in defeat come on man give credit where credit is due

  24. what a bad looser full of excuses ya say he was running away people would call that regrouping have you ever heard of a thing called strategy don't get me wrong Diaz is an epic fighter but come Diaz be a bit more gracious in defeat come on man give credit where credit is due

  25. el cuarto round lo pierde tontamente nate el cual era el que le daba la victoria. … connor no podia con su vida desde el tercero…para mi esto quedo empate por mas que me digan los connorboys que este gano puntos….. nate no quiso llevarlo al piso…. connor es muy vulnerable contra la malla….

  26. el cuarto round lo pierde tontamente nate el cual era el que le daba la victoria. … connor no podia con su vida desde el tercero…para mi esto quedo empate por mas que me digan los connorboys que este gano puntos….. nate no quiso llevarlo al piso…. connor es muy vulnerable contra la malla….

  27. Im going to blaspheme…
    The legends OG…i got a feeling he had the choke on…and for 10 Million next fight…i'd score my own fight too.
    Something wasnt right…Nate could have finished him 5 times…2 of the knockdowns he didnt even blink…like he was trying to trick Mac into the ground on the first knockdown.
    #diazforlife

  28. Im going to blaspheme…
    The legends OG…i got a feeling he had the choke on…and for 10 Million next fight…i'd score my own fight too.
    Something wasnt right…Nate could have finished him 5 times…2 of the knockdowns he didnt even blink…like he was trying to trick Mac into the ground on the first knockdown.
    #diazforlife

  29. Saw the fight, Nates got heart and fighting through injuries, and still brought a good fight, i dislike McGregor more than Nate (too much aggressive showboating and disrespect…mind games or not) Rumble and Glover showed professionalism and an example for others…but, i would say Nate won maybe two rounds, but precision and power (see Nate's face?) won this 5 round battle and Connor's ground defense was perfect.

  30. Saw the fight, Nates got heart and fighting through injuries, and still brought a good fight, i dislike McGregor more than Nate (too much aggressive showboating and disrespect…mind games or not) Rumble and Glover showed professionalism and an example for others…but, i would say Nate won maybe two rounds, but precision and power (see Nate's face?) won this 5 round battle and Connor's ground defense was perfect.

  31. So let me get this straight. He is a Black Belt in jiu-jitsu but had to lay off a bit in jiu-jitsu training. Analysis: Jiu-jitsu never was a factor in the fight since Conor repeatedly stuffed his take down attempts..even when Conor was exhausted. Excuse #1 thrown out the window. #2- Hurt his rib before the fight. Another non-factor. Except for a few body shots, Conor didn't attack Nate's body. IF Conor only knew of the rib injury and did, Nate would have been screwed. But again, it was a non-factor. Excuse #2 dismantled. As far as Nate thinking he won the fight, don't most of them always say that? I guess he ignored the fact he got dropped 3 times and had his leg kicked at will. Conor had a higher connect rate and hit harder. Nate's mind is clouded and doesn't want to give Conor his just due. But that's ok. Conor won a solid 3 rounds. Nate won solid in the 3rd and barely pulled off the 5th round. Conor was close to winning 4-1. Nate was nowhere near that. Conor earned the win by fighting the smarter fight and gutting it out when seriously fatigued. Then his 2nd wind came and he sealed the deal in the 4th and held his own in the 5th. Facts trump over emotional fans. So all you haters out there deal with it. Your boy Nate lost fair and square and eventually the Trilogy will decide things. At 155, the advantage goes to Conor. I think he will dominate. His endurance will be better and those kicks and punches will be even faster while the power will hold up. Let Nate make more excuses then too. LOL

  32. So let me get this straight. He is a Black Belt in jiu-jitsu but had to lay off a bit in jiu-jitsu training. Analysis: Jiu-jitsu never was a factor in the fight since Conor repeatedly stuffed his take down attempts..even when Conor was exhausted. Excuse #1 thrown out the window. #2- Hurt his rib before the fight. Another non-factor. Except for a few body shots, Conor didn't attack Nate's body. IF Conor only knew of the rib injury and did, Nate would have been screwed. But again, it was a non-factor. Excuse #2 dismantled. As far as Nate thinking he won the fight, don't most of them always say that? I guess he ignored the fact he got dropped 3 times and had his leg kicked at will. Conor had a higher connect rate and hit harder. Nate's mind is clouded and doesn't want to give Conor his just due. But that's ok. Conor won a solid 3 rounds. Nate won solid in the 3rd and barely pulled off the 5th round. Conor was close to winning 4-1. Nate was nowhere near that. Conor earned the win by fighting the smarter fight and gutting it out when seriously fatigued. Then his 2nd wind came and he sealed the deal in the 4th and held his own in the 5th. Facts trump over emotional fans. So all you haters out there deal with it. Your boy Nate lost fair and square and eventually the Trilogy will decide things. At 155, the advantage goes to Conor. I think he will dominate. His endurance will be better and those kicks and punches will be even faster while the power will hold up. Let Nate make more excuses then too. LOL

    • man.. Connor had the balls to go up a lot of weight to match Nate Diaz, there is a lot of disadvantage for Connor since he isnt used to the weight.. If Diaz wants another fight, he should at least go down to Connor's natural weight.. we will see if he can take so many punches from Connor then..

  33. Fight is all based on money and race. Because in the real world Nate would had beaten him up the second time. No doubt in that. Connor is being held high only because he is white European- even if he is not American, the media roots for him. What does that tell you?

  34. Fight is all based on money and race. Because in the real world Nate would had beaten him up the second time. No doubt in that. Connor is being held high only because he is white European- even if he is not American, the media roots for him. What does that tell you?

  35. Ariel on that snitch shit! Now Nates gonna prob be fined and/or suspended cuz im pretty sure cbd is on the banned list during in competition testing. Not sure if they consider right after the fight "in competition" but I think it is. There was no reason for his bitch ass to ask that dumb ass question other than to start shit with usada

  36. Ariel on that snitch shit! Now Nates gonna prob be fined and/or suspended cuz im pretty sure cbd is on the banned list during in competition testing. Not sure if they consider right after the fight "in competition" but I think it is. There was no reason for his bitch ass to ask that dumb ass question other than to start shit with usada

  37. What a fight, props to conor on his first 5 rounder esp with diaz, ppl need to realise diaz has got soft scar tissue his face easily gets busted. I had it 3-2 diaz but judges prob favoured the knock downs more, either way it was a brilliant fight to watch! Both guys warriors, but you gotta admit conor was running in the later rounds looking at the time and ten more seconds at round 3 the fight would have finished and round 5 diaz landed on top smothering him #Represent

  38. What a fight, props to conor on his first 5 rounder esp with diaz, ppl need to realise diaz has got soft scar tissue his face easily gets busted. I had it 3-2 diaz but judges prob favoured the knock downs more, either way it was a brilliant fight to watch! Both guys warriors, but you gotta admit conor was running in the later rounds looking at the time and ten more seconds at round 3 the fight would have finished and round 5 diaz landed on top smothering him #Represent

  39. Every fighter has the injury excuse after a loss. I swear, every single one. "Oh I hurt my ankle a week before so I couldnt train as hard" Oh I hurt my finger" Oh I got my dick stuck in a fridge two weeks before the fight so I couldn't have sex which lead to sexual frustration and which then lead to depression so i couldn't train". Mkay, whatever you say. No offense to Diaz, hell of a fighter even tho his technique is what it is.

  40. Every fighter has the injury excuse after a loss. I swear, every single one. "Oh I hurt my ankle a week before so I couldnt train as hard" Oh I hurt my finger" Oh I got my dick stuck in a fridge two weeks before the fight so I couldn't have sex which lead to sexual frustration and which then lead to depression so i couldn't train". Mkay, whatever you say. No offense to Diaz, hell of a fighter even tho his technique is what it is.

  41. Why do people think that the scar tissue being opened on his face makes Connor the greatest? A gentle breeze could open him up. lol Not disrespect to Connor, he has the insults of a bitch but he can fight. Fight of the year for these guys, congratulations boys. You're made to fight each other.

  42. Why do people think that the scar tissue being opened on his face makes Connor the greatest? A gentle breeze could open him up. lol Not disrespect to Connor, he has the insults of a bitch but he can fight. Fight of the year for these guys, congratulations boys. You're made to fight each other.

  43. I think it's safe to say even though Conor won, he didn't look impressive at all. He ran away for half the fight and this ora around him is fading quickly. Conor now knows that he can't hang with welterweights which is the reason he said straight away to do the 3rd fight at lightweight. Lets get it right this fight could have gone either way, I had Diaz as the winner. So Diaz finished Conor in the first fight then questionably lost the second fight on points.

  44. I think it's safe to say even though Conor won, he didn't look impressive at all. He ran away for half the fight and this ora around him is fading quickly. Conor now knows that he can't hang with welterweights which is the reason he said straight away to do the 3rd fight at lightweight. Lets get it right this fight could have gone either way, I had Diaz as the winner. So Diaz finished Conor in the first fight then questionably lost the second fight on points.

    • Yeah well he didn't play the game Diaz wanted , i think it's safe to say that if Diaz was such a though motherfucker he should have come out swinging from the first round then you could say that he should have won but instead he waited for Conor to gas out which never hapened and he lost on points fair and square.I think was probably the hardest fight that Conor has had or will have as a lightweit from now on, and yeah he shouldn't hang with welterweights because he isn't a welterweight fighter.

    • +Lord Mclean lol are you kidding me, you casual fans act like Nate is the best welterweight of all time just because conor can't even finish him. theirs plenty of fighter better than Nate that will kill Conor, just stop.

    • McGregor made Nate look like bitch every time he dropped him and said get up bitch! Also Nate did no damage, none. Conor took his best hits while he was gassed and didn't even flinch. Nate's pillow fists ain't knocking anyone down: The dude has less power than Jake Shields and GSP. Conor did all the damage. Kicked his shit in, and punched the stockton heavy bag continously. A gassed out Conor beat Nate.

  45. given the revenue the ufc is spinning, i agree, 2 mill. for nate ain't enough! you think those scars on his face are gonna go away? they're there for life!! not to mention the years he has put into this lifestyle…martial arts warriors of this calibre need to get well compensated for their monumental efforts!!

  46. given the revenue the ufc is spinning, i agree, 2 mill. for nate ain't enough! you think those scars on his face are gonna go away? they're there for life!! not to mention the years he has put into this lifestyle…martial arts warriors of this calibre need to get well compensated for their monumental efforts!!

  47. Well dere ya have it Diaz loovers, dae went foive roonds and the scurred little Cholo gangster froom da hood did nooting. Neow he con go bauk n work with his speech terripist n get dat Lisp in order can't he, n youz fucks can find anouder dick to sook – Peace MuderFookers

  48. Well dere ya have it Diaz loovers, dae went foive roonds and the scurred little Cholo gangster froom da hood did nooting. Neow he con go bauk n work with his speech terripist n get dat Lisp in order can't he, n youz fucks can find anouder dick to sook – Peace MuderFookers

    • +Prodigyz8 neither fighter was a huge favorite, the odds were pretty much even so that wouldn't be a reason for throwing a fight. As far as that fight being fixed just to have a trilogy, i highly doubt it. That was a war, if they wanted to fix the fight it wouldve made more sense for Nate to just stay down one of thr times he got dropped. All he would have to do is cover up and let conor get on top and throw punches till the ref stopped it. There would be no reason for guys to go in there and take all that damage for 25 mins in a super close fight that couldve went either way and then leave it in the hands of judges. Also, if u were gonna fix a fight the less ppl who know about it the better cuz the ufc would be ruined if the fans found out so letting three judges in on it would be even more of a risk and another reason why they wouldnt let the fight go the distance.

  49. excuses, whining and disrespect. Im not surprised motherfuckers

    Look in the mirror Nate. You were in a war. Running? sigh come on man. YOu got knocked on your ass what 3 times? It was a war. He won 3-2. Dont make excuses. Your knee? uh huh sure.

    Way to make yourself look like a bitch. You are better then this.

    • soytupappa There not excuses, connor accepted that, he said he was inefficient with his energy and admittef it. He's only speaking the truth he fought Diaz and Diaz is bigger than him. THE 3RD ONE IS BULLSHIT. He did win the first round, then gassed and Diaz was pressing and pressing on him until McGregor could no longer take such punishment and he's admitted and has not shy'd away from a fraction of his loss. UNLIKE THE MOTHERFUCKING CRY BABY DIAZ

    • Toxin i see you didn't come back to this comment then dumb ass conor fight's all the time and takes any fight's nate refusing to fight all the time he turned down 3 fight's after beating conor dana tried getting him fight's and he refused because he is a bitch say what you want about conor he give's his fans a show nate just sit's their and answer's shit like a retard

  50. excuses, whining and disrespect. Im not surprised motherfuckers

    Look in the mirror Nate. You were in a war. Running? sigh come on man. YOu got knocked on your ass what 3 times? It was a war. He won 3-2. Dont make excuses. Your knee? uh huh sure.

    Way to make yourself look like a bitch. You are better then this.

  51. Conor won clearly. The harder shots, counters, leg kicks, knockdowns, more damage done. All the shots Nate landed were little slaps and bunch of weak punches. Skill was shown in first 2 rounds and McGoat outclassed Nate it was obvious. At 155 Nate gets knocked out.

  52. Conor won clearly. The harder shots, counters, leg kicks, knockdowns, more damage done. All the shots Nate landed were little slaps and bunch of weak punches. Skill was shown in first 2 rounds and McGoat outclassed Nate it was obvious. At 155 Nate gets knocked out.

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