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Nate Diaz reveals sickness helped him make weight for McGregor UFC 196 fight

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Nate Diaz's upset win over Conor McGregor at UFC 196 this past weekend was made all the more impressive by the fact the American had very little time to prepare for the fight.

Having only been called up as a replacement for the injured Rafael dos Anjos on February 24, Diaz's had just 10 days to ready himself - both physically and mentally - to take on McGregor.

Unorthodox preparation

It is no easy task for a fighter to get in shape at such short notice and, speaking after his shock victory, Diaz revealed an illness in the weeks leading up to UFC 196 that actually helped him achieve the requirements.


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"I had no sparring," Diaz told UFC correspondent Megan Olivi when explaining his preparation for the McGregor fight. "I was just in Cabo two weeks ago with my boy Tyson when they rang...

"The good thing was I got sick in Mexico. I didn't eat for like three days from drinking the water or something and I was like all jacked up

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"So when I got home I was kind of light and they called and said 'hey, let's make this weight.'"

Making the weight

The weight of the fight - it was a 170lbs bout - is something people have discussed since McGregor submitted in the Octagon at the MGM Grand this past weekend.

Largely, though, it has been from the Irishman's perspective with McGregor admitting he "took a chance" at attempting to fight at the weight when he'd been preparing to take of dos Anjos at 25 pounds lighter.

Diaz's revelation, however, reminds us of just how tough it is to make the weight for any fighter.

UFC 196: McGregor v Diaz

Had the American been eating and drinking his way through Cabo before Dana White made the call, who knows how it would have affected his preparation for what proved to be one of the biggest nights of his career.

What's more, coming in without any training camp to speak of and beating a man who, at the time, was undefeated in the UFC is a great achievement in anyone's books. Doing it with 10 days notice on the back of food poisoning is even more impressive.

Speaking in the rest of his interview with Olivi - footage of which can be seen below - Diaz consistently emphasised the fact he would have been even more dominant against McGregor had he had the usual time frame in which to prepare.

There's no doubt Diaz's unorthodox lead up to UFC 196 adds to the aura surrounding his win. Maybe he should take his training camp to Mexico when his next fight rolls around.

UFC fans: Who should Diaz fight next, and what was McGregor's biggest mistake? Have your say in the comments below...

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