In replacing the injured Rafael dos Anjos with Nate Diaz, the UFC may have actually landed on its feet ahead of UFC 196.
With Diaz now facing Conor McGregor at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday night, the bout has pitted two of the organization's most outspoken fighters against one another - an ideal scenario for a fight that is being promoted at such short notice.
But, while McGregor and Diaz have both made names for themselves as kings of the controversial comment, the American complained today that he is actually the victim of unfair treatment when it comes to the way he and his Irish opponent have been treated by the UFC and the media.
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Speaking during open workouts, via MMAfighting.com, Diaz argued he was doing the whole outspoke act long before Conor McGregor even stepped foot in a UFC Octagon:
"I've been already talking that, before he was even in the UFC," explained the 19-10 fighter.
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"And now he's this new guy with all this new stuff coming out and everybody is pushing him, everyone is like, 'yeah!' and it's on every article, every headline, because he's from Ireland."
How much McGregor's nationality has to do with his portrayal by the media is uncertain, what is clear though is that Diaz has indeed been making headline-worth statements for almost a decade.
The US fighter, though, believes he was never received in the same way - either by the media and the UFC hierarchy - as his upcoming opponent:
"They're like taking him on like, 'Go ahead, keep talking,'" Diaz said. "With me, they're like, 'Put him in the back. Put him on the down low.'
"Just the way he says it's a money fight. I've been saying that forever, too. But they got wind of that and they tried to shut me up, they tried to quiet me down."
With McGregor the UFC's top draw coming into the fight after a spectacular rise to stardom, it certainly appears that Diaz is coming into this weekend's fight with a pretty big chip on his shoulder.
"I don't know if it's the media or the UFC, but I feel like they didn't want my stock getting any higher," he continued. "But they couldn't stop it. Look where I'm at right now."
The 30-year-old may have had to live in the shadows of the organization for a few years, but, should he come out on top against McGregor on Saturday night, neither the UFC or the watching world will be able to keep him out of the headlines.
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