“You’re Welcome Floyd Mayweather” – Nate Diaz Claims He Was the One Who Changed the Face of Combat Sports

Published 08/23/2021, 11:11 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Nate Diaz reacts to his victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Nate Diaz took to social media to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Diaz vs McGregor 2 at UFC 202. He also claimed to have changed the fighting game.

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The Stockton native defeated Conor McGregor in their first clash at UFC 196. Both the fighters faced each other again in a much-anticipated rematch at UFC 202 on August 20, 2016.

On the fifth anniversary of one of the biggest matches in the UFC, Diaz posted a throwback on his Instagram account. While claiming to have changed the combat sports, Diaz wrote, “UFC 202 Diaz vs McGregor 2 The start of the super fight era. You’re welcome Floyd, the Paul sisters, and YouTubers around the world.”

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“It’s a new day in age I told you I was changing the game, Ariel Helwani. I might not get the credit, but I’ll take the motherf**kin credit. Don’t forget, before I fought Conor, I was the biggest name he ever fought too.”

In 2016, this rematch was the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history. However, Diaz ended up losing against the Irishman. The score now is official even (1-1) but not according to the Stockton slugger.

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Nate Diaz Claims Rematch With Conor McGregor Wasn’t 1–1

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have shared a bitter rivalry for a long time. However, the combat fans have always enjoyed the feud between the two fighters.

In their first encounter, Diaz stopped the Irishman with a rare-naked choke in the second round of the fight. However, Diaz faced a different fate in the highly anticipated rematch and lost via majority decision.

To celebrate the five-year anniversary of the rematch, ESPN posted a photo on the Twitter account claiming ‘The Notorious’ evened the score. The caption said, “Five years ago today, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz delivered an instant classic. After slugging it out for five rounds, McGregor would even the score in the final fight of their epic series for now.”

 

However, this didn’t go well with the (21-13) record holder and he reacted with a comment saying, “He got finished off with a choke. That fight didn’t even thangs out. He’s still far behind but it’s Gucci.” 

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Nevertheless, the rematch was an absolute entertainer as both the fighters went to war for the whole five rounds. The combat fans were surely entertained. A trilogy fight would be a treat for the UFC universe.

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However, McGregor is on the road to recovery after facing a leg injury against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. While Nate Diaz is looking for a comeback after his defeat against Leon Edwards at UC 263.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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