UFC superstar Nate Diaz shocked the world when he chocked out Conor McGregor in 2016. Now Diaz has come forward to drop some new details on the match up.
Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor first faced off at UFC 196. Diaz took the fight on short notice and still managed to take out “Notorious” in stunning fashion.
While Diaz chocked McGregor out for a submission victory, Diaz has come forward to claim that the finish was actually a knockout loss that McGregor was determined to avoid.
Speaking in a recent interview, Diaz offered his explanation as to why McGregor shot for a takedown shortly before being choked out.
“That happens to me in fights a lot.” Diaz said. “I start teeing off on them and they shoot and it’s like ‘Oh, I got choked.’ You got choked on purpose, because it was the easy way out. You didn’t want to get hit anymore.
“I wish if I could do it all again, I would have just kept hitting his ass because of all the backlash I got.”
“All this ‘Nate’s jiu-jitsu was better,’ I’m like ‘No, you got knocked out.” Diaz continued. “You got knocked out. But, you shot.’ It was a way out. It was like quitting.”
“That was a knockout. You know what I’m saying?”