The build up between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz before UFC 196 was epic. It's hard to believe the trash talk between the two men didn't lead to the near record pay-per-view buy totals the event garnered.
Who could forget the press conference at UFC Gym? Or the fight week presser when McGregor punched Diaz's hands? And how about that priceless MSNBC back-and-forth interview that everyone was buzzing about?
The lead up to UFC 196 was extremely memorable. But Diaz also feels like it was kind of contrived -- at least from McGregor's side.
"It seemed like a lot of scripted stuff was going on," Diaz told FOX Sports' At The Buzzer on Wednesday. "Maybe he was serious about what he was saying, but it sounded like some bullsh*t to me."
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Diaz didn't go as far as saying that McGregor was selling wolf tickets, but he came close. Not that it mattered anyway. After taking a beating in the first round, Diaz came back to rock McGregor in the second and submit him with a rear-naked choke.
"No matter what people say, no matter if he's winning the argument battles or losing the argument battles ... at the end of the day we're still gonna get in there and fight," Diaz said. "I know what I train with and what I work with and what he's working with. And yeah."
The two will meet again in the main event of UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported last week. The UFC has not officially announced the fight, so Diaz did not mention it on their air during his rounds at FOX Sports on Wednesday, though he did say he'd be willing to "run it back."
Diaz said nothing much has changed since he beat McGregor, the UFC's biggest draw, on March 5. The only thing different is that he has done a lot more media.
"I've been in the UFC for nine years," Diaz said. "I was famous for nine years. I couldn't walk through the mall or Walmart at 2 in the morning without being noticed."
The McGregor fight was so recent that Diaz said he hasn't even really bought anything extravagant outside of a "big bag of cookies."
"The check just went through," he said. "I wonder if they're gonna cancel the check, like, 'You beat our guy, f*cking cancel his sh*t, make him fight again.'"
Diaz said he received a hard copy of the check. He doesn't really believe in direct deposit.
"I want to see the check," Diaz said. "I don't know if that's gonna directly deposit into my sh*t."
The Stockton, Calif., also still doesn't know if the things McGregor said were really legit. He was asked about the "epic" build up to UFC 196 by interviewer Andy Nesbitt and gave a sarcastic answer.
"That was pretty organic," Diaz said.