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‘He Was Drinking Tequila in Mexico’- Joe Rogan Reveals the Story Behind How Nate Diaz Strangled Conor Mcgregor in 11 Days

Published 12/18/2021, 6:45 AM EST

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Nate Diaz is one of the most popular and bada** fighters in UFC history. Diaz is known for his antics and carefree approach to fights, which makes him one of the fan favorites. The biggest highlight and payday in the UFC career of the Stockton native came at UFC 196.

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Diaz took on ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor and submitted him in the second round of the fight. The interesting part about the whole thing was, Diaz took the fight on just 11 days’ notice.


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Marlon Vera recently was on The Joe Rogan Experience. In the conversation, they touched on the topic of the UFC throwing fighters to the wolves and even spoke about fighters taking bouts at short notice.

Rogan said, “In the UFC, it’s like they get to make the call. If they call you up and they say, hey Marlon, we have a fight and it’s a championship level fighter. And you have four days’ notice, can you make weight? It happens all the time.”

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Vera replied, “Nate Diaz was drinking when they called him for Conor.”

Rogan added, “He was drinking tequila in Mexico, eating tacos. And 11 days later, he’s strangling Conor McGregor.”

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor – The rivalry

Ever since Diaz and McGregor were booked for the first time, the animosity between them was for everyone to see. The two guys just didn’t like each other. They first met at UFC 196. After starting fast, the Irishman began fading away, and Diaz took advantage of that. When the fight went to the mat, Diaz quickly capitalized, took his back, and submitted him.

The second fight was a war that won the ‘Fight of the Night’. From the start, both fighters went after each other. It went the full five rounds and ‘The Notorious’ won via majority decision.


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Ever since the second fight, fans have been asking for a trilogy bout. Both men still keep taking digs at each other on social media, and the fight fans want them to settle it out inside the octagon. Recently, a fan asked McGregor if the trilogy fight will happen or not, to which he said, “1 billion per cent! A must!”

However, McGregor is currently on the sidelines because of an injury and won’t return until mid-2022. Diaz is not interested in fighting the Irishman as soon as he comes back and wants him to fight a few other guys first. He even asked the UFC for a fight on the January card.


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Diaz tweeted, I’m not fighting Conor until his leg grows back and he beats some people so we know he can even fight still till then Can I get on January card @ufc Thanks.”

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A fight between the two doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. Who do you think Nate Diaz should fight next? Would you like to see the trilogy fight once Conor McGregor returns? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.