Conor McGregor best UFC insult? Notorious ruined Nate Diaz in 2016

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Conor McGregor is undoubtedly a UFC all-time great.

The Irishman was the first fighter to hold UFC championships in two different weight categories simultaneously.

However, McGregor is arguably as well known for his pre-fight interviews, where he has provided great entertainment.

This month has seen a video of him dominating a pre-fight interview in the build up to his 2016 clash with Nate Diaz.

“Notorious” needles his opponent from the outset, telling the American to: “Take a coffee break,” when CNBC’s Jane Wells said the interview was going to be about money.

Conor McGregor lands one of his best insults

When Wells suggested that both men, “Count to ten” for producton purposes, McGregor pounced.

The Irishman suggested that this was beyond Diaz’s capabilities saying: “Nate can only count to five”.

Video: Conor McGregor’s brilliantly insults nate Diaz in interview

This clearly irritated the Californian, who responded with a series of expletives. When the subject got round to the share of the purse, and how much of his share Diaz owed to McGregor he responded angrily that he didn’t, “Owe him s***”.

McGregor, realising he was getting Diaz wound up, said that his opponent owed him, “Anything over 40 grand” as that was his last payday.

Fans have enjoyed seeing the exchange again, one comment being: “Say what you want about Connor but he’s a goat trash talker”, with another tweeting: “McGregor is one of the best s*** talkers of all time.”

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Sep 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; MMA fighter Conor McGregor tosses the ball after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

McGregor has proved throughout his career that while he can talk, he can also deliver. However, unfortunately for the Dubliner on this occasion with Diaz securing a rear naked choke, leading to McGregor submitting at 4:12 into the second round for his first UFC defeat.

Fans were quick to point this out: “Nate humbling Conor was so satisfying” being one comment.

The result, deservedly, raised Diaz’s profile. McGregor was self-critical afterwards, however also praised Diaz, saying: “I was inefficient with my energy. It was a battle of energy and he got the better of that.”

McGregor went on to defeat Diaz in a rematch via majority decision at UFC 202 in August 2016. It was a close contest and McGregor scored the cleaner, stronger hits throughout the fight.

McGregor said afterwards “We win, or we learn, I learned from the last contest.”

There has been talk of a third fight, though Diaz is currently a free agent, opting not to re-sign with UFC, after his victory over Tony Ferguson on September 9.

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