McGregor’s Coach “Nate Diaz Won’t Have Superpowers At 155 With Conor”

UFC two division champion Conor McGregor is set to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a Boxing match later this year. But when Conor returns to MMA, there’s only one fight that he and his coaches want. That’s a trilogy fight with UFC Superstar Nate Diaz who beat him handily the first time and lost an razor thin split decision in the 2nd fight which could have gone either way. Conor;s coach John Kavanagh spoke with Australia Sport about the trilogy fight. Check it out.

The first fight with Nate Diaz …

“You can’t be an MMA fan and not be a Diaz fan. Just the way they carry themselves — almost comically at times. They fight anyone at anytime. And took that fight on short notice … When I went in between rounds, I’d never seen Conor … he’d gone a kind of greyish colour. His lactate tolerance wasn’t where it should have been and Nate is a cardio machine. He (McGregor) looked exhausted and I hadn’t seen this look before. Nate, if he was a Marvel character, his special power is he just has a concrete head. I’ve seen Conor spar big strong heavyweights in the gym and put them on one knee. And with Nate he had all these clean connections in the first round and Nate just walked forward, walked forward.”

How McGregor responded to the defeat, and the second fight …

“We said to Conor afterwards, ‘what do you want to do next? They’ll still give you the lightweight title if you want’. And he was like ‘no, I want to fight Nate’. And in my head I’m thinking ‘why do you want to fight him again? He is terrifying’. When I was in the corner and you just see Nate plodding forward. And Conor has really nice technique on his hands and clearly has a very hard punch and Nate could just take them and be like ‘what bitch?’ So we knew going into the rematch it’s probably going to go 25 minutes. Because he has very good jiu jitsu, you can’t knock him out … so that was one of the moments I just had to tip my hat to him (McGregor), what courage and bravery that took … I was there the following day and he was screaming on the phone to Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) ‘you put that f***ing fight together’ and he was not letting go of it. And I was thinking ‘dude, let’s f***ing fight Alvarez, have you seen him? He’s not that scary’. But he wanted that challenge and he pursued it and he made the changes. The training we did was sickening. All fighters like sparring and all fighters like rolling but making weight and getting that insane level of cardio — that’s the part that’s not as fun. And to be with him during those times and to see what he put himself through … and then to go and face someone that to me is like in a comic is his nemesis.”

The possibility of a third fight …

For me the trilogy has to happen. That’s the fight for me … Definitely at 155 … (And) I don’t think Nate is going to have the same superpower he does at 170 — that ability to walk through shots. He’s done a lot of rounds with Conor and taken a lot of punishment — (and) there is a timeline on that. You can only walk through punches for so long. At 155 — I think he will struggle to make that weight, first of all — and if he does make 155 and Conor cracks him like that, I do think there will be a stoppage.”