It may have only had a week or two of build-up, but the Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz fight at UFC 196 has heated up insanely quickly.
Diaz seems to hate the Irishman for a complete lack of respect and has that same ire for the UFC due to what he believes is complete hypocrisy because when he was smacktalking opponents at all times he was pushed to the side, while McGregor does exactly the same things and is the golden boy of the promotion.
Nearly Brawling Already
McGregor, meanwhile, has been constantly saying how Diaz isn't in his league, thinks he'll knock him out in the first round, and is already looking for his next fight. Well, things nearly spilled over at the press conference for Saturday night's main event as the two nearly came to blows.
After fielding questions from members of media for 45-minutes, McGregor and Diaz were squared up for their customary toe-to-toe and the American fighter decided to front with one of his fists barely an inch away from McGregor's face.
Naturally, the no-nonsense Irishman didn't take too kindly to that and swung at Diaz's fist, smacking it away from him. As you could probably guess, the two needed to be separated after that as Diaz was looking to get some payback.
Separated by Security
The two were quickly ushered off the stage by their respective camps, leaving through separate doors as the buildup for the fight reached fever pitch.
You can watch a video of the encounter, via the UFC's twitter account, here:
Scared and Afraid
The duo did a split-screen media interview following their confrontation on Fox Sports. It went about as well as expected.
"The man was afraid to look me dead in the eye," McGregor said. "So he put a frame out in front of him and I quickly snatched it and broke his wrist."
Diaz didn't think much of McGregor's attempt to slap his hand away.
"Yeah, you got a scared little [expletive] shot on the hand and [expletive]," Diaz sputtered.
McGregor, like he always does, managed to get the last word in.
"The medics are in with him now," he declared. "His wrist will never be the same. Like his bum knee, like his bum leg."
The two fighters will meet in a welterweight main event on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It's going to be a cracker.