Conor McGregor on Nate Diaz: ‘I am going to toy with this man’

It looks as though the UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is as confident as ever leading up to his rematch at UFC 202 with Nate Diaz.

UFC 202 will be held on August 20, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

has obviously thought about his fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 196. And he fully believes that he can avenge the second-round submission loss at UFC 202 on Aug. 20 in Las Vegas.

McGregor spoke on Saturday at an event to promote his coach John Kavanagh’s book, “Win or Learn,” and he believes the result on August 2o will be different that the first encounter at UFC 196.

“I’m feeling very confident in myself that I’ll go in and I’ll toy with this man,” McGregor said. “Eight minutes of the fight, I was toying with him. That fadeaway left hand that he caught me with, my senses were still there. It was almost like a fatigue thing that my balance was gone.

“I always look back and question and say, what would have happened if I would have just weathered the storm? He was one or two shots being done, I feel. I feel when that left hand hit, he got this burst of energy. You can see it in his corner, they went insane. It was like they won the lotto. Then I took a couple shots and I shot [for a takedown] and I ended up in that guillotine and then it was just downhill from there. I wonder what would have happened if I just kept my hands up, I kept circling, took the smacks and survived. Eventually his energy that he gained from that left-hand shot would have dipped again and then round three would have began. There’s a lot of questions and stuff I’m confident I can improve next time. I’m going in here confident that I will get this rematch back.”

UFC 196 was supposed to feature McGregor vying for his second belt as he was scheduled to face UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. However 11 days out from the fight, dos Anjos pulled out of the fight with a broken foot and was replaced by Nate Diaz, at a bout that was 15 lbs over the weight limit of 155 lbs.

McGregor had to start eating more to make up for that weight differential.

“My body almost went into shock and I was stuffing my face and eating everything,” he said.
McGregor added: “I was almost like, I don’t have to make weight, I can train all day long. So we were doing 6-to-8-hour sessions on fight week, swinging on gymnastic rings. Looking back, it wasn’t the best idea and it came back and bit me in the ass. … I was a little bit heavy in the midsection, I was overtrained, my diet wasn’t great and it came back and bit me in the ass. But as Coach always says, we win or we learn, and I have learned and I am focused. I’m staying on my nutrition. I’m very fight-orientated. I’m not swinging on gymnastic rings too much and I certainly won’t be doing it on fight week.”

“I didn’t actually bring in any southpaws — not one,” McGregor said. “I didn’t spar with any southpaws, because the reason we don’t really care what the opponent is doing is because they always pull out, every damn time. But this time I know Nate is gonna show up. I know I’m gonna be facing a tall, lanky southpaw with a decent lead hand. And that’s it. And now I have brought in tall, lanky southpaws with a solid lead hand, guys with solid jiu-jitsu credentials and John is overlooking every session, managing every session.”

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