Talk of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor fighting Robbie Lawler at UFC 200 seems forever ago.
It took nearly 10 minutes, but Nate Diaz spoiled the party for McGregor when he submitted the Irishman in a welterweight main event at UFC 196 in Las Vegas.
Speaking with fellow UFC commentator Jon Anik, Kenny Florian says it was all too much, too soon for McGregor.
"Conor, while he's super slick, and I still think he was the more slick boxer, he was not the more consistent boxer," Florian said Monday on his podcast. "When you go up in weight and you're used to fighting at a certain weight and carrying that extra weight you're not going to be as efficient as you normally are. You're going to expend more energy fighting at that weight. I think Conor didn't take that into account.
"The other thing is I don't think Conor respected Nate Diaz. He didn't respect Nate Diaz the way you should. He didn't think his chin was going to be able to hold up. He thought his punches were going to land and Nate Diaz was just going to crumble. He underestimated him."
McGregor likely carried the first round on most scorecards, but the momentum began to shift late in round two as Diaz refused to go down.
"The other thing is, and Conor kinda of talked about this, is his lack of efficiency," said Florian. "Conor was trying to knock him out with every shot. Before he realized that he was tired, it was too late. I think that was the difference. When he saw that Nate Diaz was still walking forward, still throwing shots and landing them, I think mentally it broke Conor.
"He goes, 'My god, against other normal human beings, 145-pounders, these guys crumbled with the power.' I think that really threw him for a loop. He didn't expect Nate Diaz to stay standing like that."
Florian believes McGregor needs to return to the featherweight division, be it against Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar. Pushing for Edgar, Florian believes a win for McGregor would close out that chapter of his career and justify a permanent move to 155 pounds.
"He's got to go down to 145, first of all," Florian said of McGregor. "He's got to defend his belt at 145 pounds. I would like to see him face Frankie Edgar. That's just what I would like to see. For Conor, as champion, I'm going to go with whatever is going to bring me the most money. What do the fans want to see?
"We saw the Jose Aldo fight, give another guy a shot. I know Aldo was the champion for a very long time. He certainly has an argument to get that rematch, however, I'd like to see a fresh face in this case. I think Frankie deserves it. He's been waiting in the wings for a very long time. Give the kid a shot."
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