Conor McGregor was genuinely impressed by how Nick Diaz stood up to the test of facing Robbie Lawler in his comeback fight.
Diaz, 38, was stopped by Lawler, 39, in the second round of their five-round, non-title fight on the main card of UFC 266 on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Although the result ultimately didn't go his way, Diaz gave a good account of himself judging by some of these reactions on social media.
So much so that the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion tweeted his appreciation for the veteran warrior last weekend.
"Nick/Rob was a good fight," McGregor wrote on Twitter.
"The spin kick at the start gave the ground on Nick but he was veteran composed and was peppering lovely shots in.
"He just ate some big body shots and there was more coming Robbie was strong to the body it was veteran work all round. I enjoyed thoroughly."
'The Notorious' also gave his props to Lawler for the way he ended the fight, referencing Diaz's legendary Strikeforce clash with Paul Daley in April 2011.
In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "The finishing sequence when the temple was clipped after the leg went, the evasion of the final shot, which was a blistering uppercut, was magic.
"Look at it. Down on one knee, observing where the shot was coming from, slip/parry, and re cente [sic] to open guard safe.
"Ala Daly [sic] fight."
He could not resist, however, taking a parting shot at Nate Diaz.
McGregor and Diaz have been jawing at each other for years, with fans eager to see the next instalment in their two-part series, which is currently tied at 1-1.
"Nate your boxing is piss compare to nicks [sic]," he concluded by saying.
"We been fed garbage with your sloppy shots the last few years.
"Can see the clear difference between the two brothers after last night. Balance, composure.
"Another level the big bro [sic] is on to you. I made you."
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