Nobody can deny that Conor McGregor has been key to the growth and popularity of the UFC over the last couple of years.
Despite the controversy that follows him pretty much everywhere he goes, he’s one of the few that get even the casual fan to stay up late and watch him in action.
Part of that is his incredible skill to hype up a fight.
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We’ve seen it perhaps better than ever against Jose Aldo and both of his fights against Nate Diaz, where he lost the first by submission, and gained revenge in the second with the decision going in his favour.
Not everyone seems to be a huge fan of his, though, especially Nate’s older brother, Nick, who some argue is even more controversial than the younger sibling.
His comments come after McGregor once said he’d slap the heads off the Diaz brothers, and once he beats the little brother, the older brother will want to step up.
Although it looks extremely unlikely that Nick will step inside of the Octagon with McGregor, that hasn’t stopped him from laying into the Irishman, claiming he’ll never the best and taking aim at his career losses.
He said: “He’s not [great] though. On paper, he’s not. Who are the 145-pound fighters who he beat up? Nobody good, in my opinion.
“Just a lot of commercials and advertising. How many black belts has he tapped out? When he was talking s**t back-and-forth about fighting Floyd Mayweather…like, you have already lost to two guys who are not on a legitimate level.
“That just tells me, look, you ain’t ever going to be the best. You already lose to two f*****g guineas. I ain’t ever losing to somebody who lost to some f*****g little Irish land guineas.
“That’s fact; that’s on paper. And in gym, you can see what kind of work he has put in. He ain’t working with nobody – he ain’t working with no black belts. Has no legitimate trainer.”
The Diaz brothers are just as good at talking trash as Notorious, but whether the lightweight challenger responds to the claims, remains to be seen.
For now, he has his hands full with Eddie Alvarez, whom he challenged at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.
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