Conor McGregor Quotes
Conor McGregor has captured the imagination of the masses with his incredible trash talk on more than one occasion. As one of the most ruthless trash-talkers in the game, the superstar has used his wit to throw his opponents off before big fights throughout his storied career.
During the rise of Conor McGregor in the UFC, fans witnessed his brash nature come out in some of the most pivotal moments in the promotion's history. McGregor's bombastic attitude has changed the way many fighters perceive MMA today.
"The King is Back"
McGregor avenged his loss to Diaz by outpointing him Saturday night at UFC 202 in a rematch of their two-round welterweight thriller in March.
The two put on an action-packed fight in which McGregor came out strong and then hung on in a tiring slugfest. Two of the judges scored it 48-47 for McGregor, and the other had it 47-47.
McGregor immediately challenged Diaz to a third fight – but only if Diaz would come down to the lightweight division.
“Surprise, surprise! The king is back!” McGregor said. “If you want this trilogy, it’s on my terms. I came up to 170, now you’ll come back to 155 and we’ll finish what we’ve started. I knew what I had to do this time around and I did it.”
McGregor (20-3) forced the action in the opening round, landing multiple leg kicks to Diaz’s lead leg and a straight left that knocked down Diaz (20-11).
The Irishman knocked down Diaz twice more in the second round, bloodying his nose and appearing to have total control of the fight.
The persistent Diaz found his footing later in the second, though, unleashing a flurry of strikes and knocking down McGregor against the fence. Diaz continued to attack in the third and, for the final 90 seconds of the fourth, they stood in the centre of the cage and exchanged punches.
They traded punches again in the fifth, and neither gained an edge until the final 10 seconds, when Diaz secured a trip and landed a few final shots from on top before the bell rang.
“I came here to fight. I want No 3, I gave him No 2, so let’s do it,” Diaz said.
McGregor exacted revenge for a loss at UFC 196. McGregor was initially scheduled to face Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title, but Dos Anjos pulled out due to injury and McGregor agreed to fight Diaz at welterweight on late notice.
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