Despite creating history at UFC 205 earlier this month, the majority of 2016 has been dominated by the two epic fights between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
Following Diaz’s submission victory in April, Notorious avenged his loss less than six months later when he picked up the majority decision win.
While fans are still eagerly waiting for a trilogy fight to see who the better fighter is, Nate’s older brother Nick believes he would’ve been the difference between a win or a loss for his younger sibling.
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Speaking on Opie Radio, the older Diaz revealed that due to an outstanding fine he owed to Nevada State Athletic Commission, he wasn’t allowed to be in Nate’s corner at UFC 202, and says Nate could have won as the approach would have been very different.
He said: “Just one inch, that’s the difference between how that fight could’ve gone.
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“As far as I’m concerned, I definitely would’ve been that inch. They just wanted to keep me out of there. They know that it would’ve definitely helped him out a lot.
“I was seeing things in that fight I would’ve called and told him. I was seeing things that he wasn’t seeing, because I do these things and I know how they work out for me. It’s kind of like a formula; you know what I mean? And I’m like, hey look, this is what you do.
“Come the third and fourth round, I think if I would’ve been there, we would’ve been able to put it together and got that guy out there.”
DIFFERENT GAME PLAN
Despite having a different game-plan in his mind that he was unable to implement, the Irishman prevailed in a fight that’s been listed as the best ever by the UFC, and Nick has explained what he would’ve told him to do.
“I would’ve told him not to throw punches at that dude at all, because he’s going to sit there and watch you and try to counter everything. So all you do is fake at him and flick at him and f**k with him, and that’s how you do that.
"But he went out there and just, he just didn’t have it together in the first round, and I think I could’ve clicked him into the right mindset.”
With the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson in line to challenge McGregor for his lightweight title, Nick may have to wait a while for his brother to get a third crack at Notorious.
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