If UFC stars excel at anything outside their chosen form of combat, it's high-level trash talk. Nate Diaz has recently proven he's not just capable of defeating Conor McGregor in the Octagon, he's also pretty good at shooting verbal arrows meant to keep hitting his once and future opponent where it hurts.
A Fox Sports report about the negotiations surrounding a Diaz-McGregor rematch—possibly UFC 202—afforded Diaz all the room he needed to jerk whatever chains he could think to pull. He addressed the silly hype surrounding a possible McGregor-Mayweather match-up and slammed the boxer and his fellow UFC star in equal measure:
Diaz says he doesn't like McGregor's chances against Mayweather — or any professional boxer if he steps into their arena for a fight.
Of course, Diaz feels the exact same way about Mayweather testing the waters with mixed martial arts, because that would end in an even more devastating manner.
"I call your bluff. Go fight Mayweather (expletive). I'll be right here sitting back like OK and what's going to happen? Mayweather's going to (expletive) whoop his ass in a boxing match," Diaz said.
Diaz was just getting started. Since he's done a lot of boxing-focused training, Diaz has opinions on crossovers, saying that "MMA fighters they can't box, they can't punch, they don't even train right. They don't train like real boxers." While on the flipside, "If Floyd fought Conor in a MMA match it would be more embarrassing than if Conor fought Floyd in a boxing match."
Pushing the Irishman hard, Diaz also said, "You want a real fight, put me with one of those boxers and I guarantee you I can beat them in boxing at boxing." In fact, Diaz has said he can take them both: "I'm the only one out of the three of us that can say I'll whip Floyd and Conor's asses in one night."
Diaz also has concerns about being paid what he's worth for marquee fights, so it sounds like in addition to indulging in old-fashioned smack talk, he was asserting his true worth to the UFC.
We wonder if this presents an opportunity for the UFC to take a page from wrestling's book and do a three-man cage match. It couldn't hurt to ask, at least from a safe distance.
h/t Fox Sports