Conor McGregor reveals the exact moment he could’ve ENDED first Nate Diaz fight
Fighting in the UFC requires a certain level of nastiness – and that is certainly not something Conor McGregor lacks.
However, the Irishman has revealed he lost his first fight with Nate Diaz in 2016 due to fear of being ‘too nasty’.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, McGregor recalls a specific moment during his first UFC defeat when he could’ve ended the fight ‘no doubt’.
‘The Notorious’ posted a still image of a kick to Diaz’s thigh, which he apparently decided not to follow through with.
“I actually chose not to follow through with this kick in this exact moment,” he wrote on Instagram.
“The sensation felt horrible and I backed out of following through with it. Fight would have been stopped no doubt though.
“I’d the angle on the leg it primed to snap. I bottled it but it felt too nasty, even for me. Fast forward a few minutes later and I’m on the deck getting strangled; mad game.
“I’m still not for making these kicks illegal though, you’ve got to protect your angles and your footing and that’s it – deal with it.
“They are horribly nasty kicks though.”
At UFC 196 Diaz ended up springing a surprise defeat on McGregor, who started well but suffered with fatigue in his first fight at welterweight.
McGregor exacted revenge later in 2016, earning a unanimous decision following a five-round epic in New York at UFC 202.
Since then, the Irishman has become a two-weight champion and announced his retirement from the sport – again.
Meanwhile, Diaz has only fought twice in the last four years.
Despite McGregor’s retirement and Diaz’s obscurity, many still anticipate a trilogy fight between the two rivals in the future.