Conor McGregor Uses Nate Diaz’s Picture to Blast Billy Joe Saunders for Quitting Against Canelo Alvarez

Published 05/09/2021, 1:40 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 21: Conor McGregor of Ireland interacts with media during the UFC 257 press conference event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 21, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


While the UFC didn’t have a huge event going on, the boxing world was abuzz with excitement for a spectacular match. Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez were set to duke it out in the ring to unify the WBA, WBC, and WBO belts. In an event of this magnitude, the stars of the MMA world, like Conor McGregor, were watching too.

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The fight didn’t disappoint as it was an action-packed slug-fest. Canelo started strong and won the first four rounds. However, Saunders came into his own and started to mount a comeback by winning the next three. The fight couldn’t go the distance as Alvarez ended it in the 8th round via TKO.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Alvarez hit Saunders with a vicious uppercut that busted open his eye socket, and his corner had no choice but to throw the towel in. However, former UFC champion Conor McGregor didn’t like what he saw and took to Twitter to take a dig at Saunders and his corner.

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This photo of Nate Diaz comes from the second fight in their famed rivalry. It was a match in which the Irishman came into his own and won the fight via a majority decision. He put a lot of punishment on Diaz, and the Stockton native looked much the worse for it.

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Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz’s intense rivalry

This fight was their second fight in 2016 as Diaz got a huge upset victory over McGregor at UFC 196. He submitted McGregor in the second round in a match that was uncharacteristic for the featherweight champion. However, it was McGregor’s debut at welterweight, and he looked undersized against Diaz.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor (L) hits Nate Diaz with a left during their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

An immediate rematch was announced, and McGregor finally got the win in their fight to get his momentum back. To this day, there are rumors of a third fight between Diaz and McGregor. The fact that Diaz is coming back to fight Leon Edwards only puts more fuel to the fire. It’s a huge match and the pipedream of every MMA fan.

Do you think Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will fight again?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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