Fans Greet Nate Diaz With “F**k Conor” Chants at Garcia vs Martin Event

Published 10/17/2021, 8:58 AM EDT


Mikey Garcia and Sandor Martin went ten rounds in the ring on Saturday night. After a surprising turnout, the Spaniard caused one of the biggest upsets of all time by defeating Garcia by majority decision. Among many other big names in attendance, even UFC star Nate Diaz was there to support Mikey Garcia.

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After the ten-round welterweight clash, ‘the pride of Stockton’ went over to Mikey Garcia’s locker room. In his usual awkward demeanor, Nate Diaz shook Garcia’s hands first.

During his entire time in the locker room, the UFC superstar said nearly nothing at all, but just sparked his usual smile and laughed from time to time.

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However, he did comment on Garcia’s ring walk – “Yeah, it’s cool, yeah, fireworks and s**t“. Apart from the awkward interactions and exchanges in the room, there was one thing that made them all laugh out loud in unison.

Ellie Seckbach, who was present in the room at the time, pointed out to Mikey Garcia that fans came up to Diaz “every two seconds” and showed their support for him over Conor McGregor. According to him, all fans said exactly the same thing every time – “F**k Conor”.

To this, Garcia replied by calling Nate Diaz a “bada**”; they both then dapped it up and parted ways.

Mikey Garcia needs to put up big fights like Nate Diaz

Mikey Garcia finally made his comeback to boxing after a 20-month long hiatus and it was disappointing, to say the least. The 33-year-old simply did not look like himself; at least not like the version of him that knocked out Dejan Zlaticanin in 2017.

Considering that Garcia has turned up the momentum in the second half in previous fights, his inactivity inside the ring against Sandor Martin up until round 5 did not seem like something to be concerned about. However, as Sandor landed a beautiful check-hook while against the ropes in round 6 raised eyebrows right away.

Garcia failed to do a lot of things in there on Saturday night; it seemed like he wanted to use his jab to create distance but simply couldn’t manage to pull that off and he also wasn’t able to land his usual 1-1-2 combination that has proven effective against others.

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To his credit, Garcia had the upper hand in terms of in-ring movement. Even when it came to defense, he was the smarter fighter as he had his guard up at all times and was effectively parrying away Sandor’s jabs.

However, Martin simply seemed like the more active and more agile striker. It felt like Mikey Garcia was almost shying away from using his jab and landing sharp cross punches.

Was Garcia unable to land more punches because of Martin’s southpaw stance? Perhaps.

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However, the only way for him to re-enter the win column would be to remain active by fighting all kinds of fighters. Fighting just seven times since 2014 has clearly held Garcia back from unleashing his true potential. Do you agree with this assessment?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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