When it comes to trash talking in the UFC, Conor McGregor is known as one of the very best in the business. His most recent opponent, Nate Diaz, however, can dish it out too.
That's exactly what the Stockton, California native did on Wednesday night when he took part in a special interview with MMA Hour.
As you might expect, McGregor was one of the main subjects under discussion, and Diaz didn't hold back as he ripped into his rival for his actions since losing at UFC 196 - specifically the rumours surrounding a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.
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"I hear all this Mayweather-McGregor sh*t, and I feel like that's just a big old publicity stunt to hide the fact that he got his ass whooped," the 19-10 MMA fighter said.
"It's rumors somebody is letting out, because they're both benefiting off each other's fan bases and they're both building off of it.
"They don't care if it happens or not, they're both winning right now from the talk even happening. That's the truth about what's really going. The media is working their way and they're loving it. They're probably having dinner together every night."
Diaz was prepared to fight McGregor in a rematch at UFC 200 before the Irishman's run in with the UFC hierarchy saw the bout pulled from the event. Since then, he feels like McGregor's team has been touting the Mayweather fight to use as leverage in future negotiations:
"That's exactly what I think," Diaz said. "Because every time I hear more about it, I get a call. I'm like, hey, I call your bluff. Fight that mother*cker then. I'll be right here," he said.
While the talk will continue about whether a McGregor vs Mayweather fight really could happen, Diaz made it clear that, if people really want to see a show, they should be coming to him:
"I'm the only one out of the three of us that can say I'll whip both of their asses in one night, because Conor can't say that. Floyd definitely cannot say that."
The whole situation is a little chaotic right now, and Diaz, to a certain extent, appears to have found himself on the outside looking in despite his impressive victory over McGregor earlier this year.
With the Irish fighter reportedly in negotiations with both the UFC and Mayweather's camp about separate events, only time will tell exactly who The Notorious One will be facing next.
One thing is for sure, though, all his work hyping a Mayweather boxing match is only serving to rile up an already volatile Diaz.
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