In A Recent Interview With ESPN, Featherweight Champ Conor McGregor Talked About His Fight With Nate Diaz, Why He Lost and Why He’s Coming Back Better Than Ever Before…
“What kind of fighter would I be, if I said, ‘Hey, I didn’t get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155.’ I’ll make my adjustments. I ate up to the weight. This time, I won’t do that. The first eight minutes of the fight was easy. Let’s be honest, I slapped the head off him. Once the gas tank went, that was it. I drowned. He landed that one punch that rang the bell and went, ‘[Gasp,] I’m back.’ He was close to being done. One or two more shots and he would have been wrapped up. Swinging on gymnastic rings on fight week isn’t the best thing. Usually, I wrap myself in bubble wrap and only do fight-specific things, but just because of that weight, no weight cut, I had put it in my head that, ‘I’m free.’ I had energy to burn. I was doing so much bounce footwork, the balls of my feet were burned to a crisp. Looking back, it was ridiculous. I don’t know what I was thinking.”
What Happened To Featherweight?
“It was my idea,” McGregor said about the making of the interim title. “That division was killed, it was dead. Jose [Aldo] went down in 13 seconds. What more can I do? I didn’t see a challenge there anymore. So, I wanted to create interest from a fan’s perspective and my perspective.”
“I want to see them two go at it, with an interim belt on the line,” he continued. “Then I will see people walking around my division with a belt and that will intrigue me. It will make me want that belt again.”