Remember when Conor McGregor was sick and tired of fulfilling his media obligations and, as a result, we missed out on the rematch between the Irishman and Nate Diaz at UFC 200?
Yeah, well, this isn't that McGregor.
At the press conference for UFC 202, where the rematch will indeed take place, the UFC featherweight champion revived his alter ego of Mystic Mac and made a bold prediction for how his pending fight with Diaz will play out.
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"If I was to make a prediction, which I will right now — I believe I will repay the favor and KO him inside the second round."
McGregor wasn't just all guns blazing, though. The 28-year-old conceded that he didn't give Diaz the respect he deserved during their first encounter, but that's not a mistake he is going to make this time around.
"I didn't give enough credit to Nate's durability and his experience," McGregor told FOX Sports on the UFC 202 media conference call. "He's a very experienced fighter. He's had more UFC fights than I've had fights. Also his height and his range and his reactions, I gave no respect to that.
"I marched forward and in fairness, for the first round and a half he was a heavy bag with eyeballs. I was correct in that, but his durability held out, his experience held out for him. So, this time, I've been preparing for that. I've been preparing for a durable, experienced fighter, who has the reach, the height and the length, and that's it. So I feel very confident that we will go in and get this win back and put this man away."
It's worth noting that Mystic Mac has been bang on the money before. McGregor called the finish against Chad Mendes in July 2015 and did the same for his spectacular first-round KO of Jose Aldo to win the featherweight title.
However, the eccentric featherweight - who is moonlighting as a welterweight - submitted to Diaz in the second round last time out after landing plenty of his best shots on the UFC veteran.
Will Mystic Mac come up trumps, or will Diaz prove to be an obstacle that McGregor cannot overcome?
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