McGregor’s boxing coach releases video of McGregor from inside the SBG changing room, including McGregor’s walk out, his corner discussing the score before the official announcement, and McCarthy having an in-depth discussion with the featherweight champion moments before the fight. When White enters the dressing room after the fight and tells McGregor that ‘he’s gotta go to the hospital,’ McGregor replies:
I’ll have a shower, put on a suit, speak to the media and then I’ll go. I’m honestly grand.
UFC 202 Mc Gregor v Diaz – Coach Roddy Vlog 11.0 – Fight Night
McGregor is listed on the Nevada State Athletic Commissions injury suspension list with a “foot/ankle fracture” and must be cleared by an orthopedic doctor in order to fight again before Feb. 17, 2017, which seems likely. He will serve a minimum suspension of two months with the earliest he can return being Oct. 20, even if cleared by a doctor. Diaz has been given an injury suspension of one month for a severe cut above his left eye. Diaz cannot take contact until Sept. 11 nor fight until Sept. 20, though he won’t fight before then.
White says he does not want McGregor to fight again Diaz again in a “trilogy” fight. Instead he wants McGregor to defend his title against interim champ Aldo. He says McGregor has two options — either fight Aldo or surrender his title to him — or cut weight to 155 and fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title.
The war was fun and super successful but I’m movin’ on.
Coach Kavanagh confirms to MMA Hour that McGregor did not injure his foot or leg during his fight with Diaz. McGregor landed 40 kicks to the leg of Diaz throughout the 25 minutes.
It’s a bad bruise and it’s very, very painful but there’s no damage. He never mentioned it [that he was injured] but I saw. If I remember correctly, in the third round there were one or two where Nate did turn his knee out and started checking them. And the range was a little bit wrong so he was kind of slapping with the foot and caught Nate’s knee. I just remember seeing that but I knew with adrenaline and with his mindset, it wasn’t going to make a difference. His shin could be clean snapped and he wasn’t going to stop for the five rounds. We discussed it as well. He knew he was going to bang up his left leg. That was going to be the sacrifice. It was going to be a bruised leg but victorious.
How long was I going back and forth with José? That must have been a two-year build-up. He pulled out, last-minute. I continued to fight someone else, then we rescheduled a two-year, ‘round the world deal with that boy. And then he stepped in and I beat him in 13 seconds. It’s hard for me to get excited about that, especially after his last performance. It was a decision. He didn’t go out and get it like I wanted him to get it. So, I don’t know.
White says a third meeting between McGregor and Diaz isn’t going to happen right away.
We’re definitely not doing this a third time right now. I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t want to see this fight again, but Conor’s either going to go defend his title or give his title up and then we’ll figure out where to go from there. Conor has to defend his title or make a decision to give it up or whatever he wants to do. I don’t know. I gotta sit down and see what’s next.
McGregor tellsMMA Hour that he is inspired by the UFC sale.
I was simply over the moon for them. To see the work they’ve put in, to see what they’ve done with it, I was inspired by it. Absolutely inspired by it. What was it, the biggest sports sale in history? A little sport that they laughed at. They laughed at this sport. Everyone ridiculed this sport. This sport wasn’t even a sport. And now all of a sudden, with their guidance, it’s the biggest f*cking sports franchise in the world. So I took inspiration from that. That is motivation right there…If you’re talking the greatest of all-time in the fight business, it’s that. To be able to get a turnover like that, get in, get rich, get out like that, and build that up to what that was, man, I was blown away when I saw that, and I’m blown away that I’m even on a name-to-name basis with that. These are the people who have mentored me in this game and I’m very proud of that, and I’ll be proud of that until the day that I die. I have been surrounded by great people in this business and I continue to be surrounded by great people in this business.
You’re damn right I want a piece of that pie. Let’s not get it twisted, I like pie too. So I’m coming for some of my pie also. Like I said, I think I played a nice role in that number. What was it? It was estimated at two billion at one stage before I came along. I remember when I first started here, it was a two-billion dollar franchise. I remember hearing that much. And now, since I came on, it’s four billion. And the year before it was sold is my year, numbers-wise. I played a nice role in that too, so the number motivated me.
McGregor gives a backstage interview. On what he said to Diaz.
You’re a f-ckin’ absolute warrior. Respect. We’ll do it again.
Will trilogy be his next fight?
Probably not. The belt situation is lingering. I’ve gotta talk about what’s next. I’m speaking to new people right now. There’s a lot of options. And some might not be this sport.
About Diaz comments that he was ‘running away’:
He’s a big boy. A big volume puncher. I had to get out of there, being the beats down and settle myself. But he’ll drop too. I was on my feet the whole time. I wasn’t wobbled or nothing… Fair play to him…The class was evident in the early rounds of that fight. His size and his durability came into it in the later rounds. But I’m the better fighter, it’s as simple as that.
McGregor says he did not break his foot, but that he has a shin injury.
My shin. I kicked his knee about 40 times and it’s hurting me. That’s it just my shin, everything else is good. My ankle was actually a bit banged up coming into the fight. We were practicing leg kicks in camp so it was a little bit swollen coming in but it’s the shin. I kicked his knee clean, I think it was in the first round and then I just kept kicking so I’m feeling it now, but other than that I am perfect.
I thought I won, at least three rounds to two. I didn’t even think that was a question. And they gave it to him. I’m not bitter, it’s all good. I got paid…He did a lot of running in that fight. He should have got a yellow card for that type of thing. I chased him round that thing. He was scared to engage. I feel like they should have taken points for that…To top it off I was injured coming into this fight. That ain’t some excuses. I hurt my knee about a month ago I wasn’t able to train jiu-jitsu for the last month. And then about two weeks after that I was sparring boxing and I really hurt my rib. That put me out of sparring. Not to make excuses, I got that all on videoed up. He should have finished me off. If I was fighting me I’d have took me clean out…I just stayed in one spot. He was running laps around me.
On the third fight at 155:
I’ve been at 155 my whole career! When Conor’s ready to do his thing again, no rush, take your time, go on vacation, or we can do it any time.
McGregor gives his first press conference after the fight.
It was not easy. It was a war. I’m happy it went that way. I got to show my heart in there.
On Diaz helping him up at the end.
He’s a class competitor. It’s intense in the build up and everything is real. If my team saw his team then something’s going down. We’ll regroup and gather up for another battle.
Is 170 done for you?
I wanna to get my abs back. I can’t get abs at this weight. Sometimes I feel I’m a bit of a fat belly. I’m going to go down weight. I’m the 145 pound champion. It will be on my terms this time. He was way bigger than the last time. I knew I was up agaisnt it. I was thinking this might be a mistake, but I said, f-ck it, I’ll train hard, be smart, learn from our mistakes and go in. But I belive that if we do it it’ll be 155, maybe for the belt.
On the leg kicks:
Fuck leg kicks. My leg is a bitch.
On the scoring
I felt I won the fight. 3-2 was a fair opinion. I won that fight and I’m happy with it. My respect to my opponent. He’s a hell of a fighter.
White appears on ESPN to talk about McGregor-Diaz UFC 2o2.
It lived up to all my expectations, and exceeded it. I didn’t see that fight going five rounds, but it did. One minute it looked like Conor was gassed, and he got a second wind. Diaz got dropped a couple of times, looked like he was done, and he came back. It’s an absolute epic fight. [Conor] did what I thought he might do. He was chopping that leg. I thought he would go to the body a lot more.
On a third fight:
Well Connor has to defend his title or give it up…If I was Conor I would defend my title.
Dana White Post UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 Interview "Epic Fight" & Conor's Future
The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirms McGregor’s purse for UFC 202 is $3 million, the richest disclosed purse in MMA history. McGregor became the first UFC athlete to ever receive a disclosed purse of $1 million, for UFC 196. Brock Lesnar surpassed that record at UFC 200 with a disclosed purse of $2.5 million.
McGregor beats Diaz in a majority decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-47) after five rounds. McGregor leads with leg kicks in the first round, knocking down Diaz within 1m 30s. Diaz is knocked down in the beginning of the second round, and starts bleeding from above the eyes. Round three comprises grappling, with a strong finish from Diaz. A re-energized McGregor comes back in round four. In the final seconds of the final round Diaz gets McGregor on the ground.
UFC 202: Fight Motion
Surprise! Surprise, motherf-cker! The king is back! He took [leg kicks] better than I expected. He’s a hell of a fighter. A hell of a competitor. He brought out the best in me. But I stayed calm with him. I learned from last contest. This time I want to do it at 155 pounds, I came in at 170 with him as the bigger man and I overcame that adversity. Now this trilogy is on my terms, come back down to 155 and we’ll do it.
I thought I had him. I’m too real for this fight. I’m ready to go again. Good job Conor, but we going for three.
I take shits bigger than that kid. Come on. I know you kids all play fucking video games and you live in this fucking false sense of reality and shit. I’m two hundred and fucking ninety pounds. This guys a hundred and forty-five pounds, if he’s lucky. If Conor McGregor wants to say some shit to me, and get his name out there more than he already has, by dropping my name, I got about ten fucking words for him…Come here, face-to-face, Conor, and say it to my face. Otherwise leave me and the fucking WWE out of it, because I came to your arena and kicked ass. Now, if you want, and if you’re so fucking tough, come to our arena and try and kick some ass.
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McGregor talks about his 13-minute training program, inspired by Portal, whose approach borrows elements of martial arts, dance, circus, athletics, somatics, and other disciplines. McGregor says he began studying Portal’s methods on YouTube late in 2013, and eventually reached out so they could work face-to-face.
People are so caught up in routine, doing the same thing over and over. I want to be an expert in many different things…[Working with Portal] I’ve learned new footwork patterns. I’ve learned how to find a lower center of gravity and found more angles to throw shots.”
White says that McGregor and Diaz may be sued, and may also face penalties for their water bottle fight. The Nevada State Athletic Commission will be in charge of issuing discipline.
The word is that in this thing, somebody was injured. So, there’s gonna be a lawsuit…Who knows how it’s gonna play out…I guarantee both of these guys are gonna get massive fines, and there’s probably going to be a hearing after the fight…[McGregor and Diaz] could be (facing) suspensions, community service, it’s gonna be ugly. … It’s going to cost them both a lot of money, a lot of headache and hassle. They’re both in big trouble.
Big Show says that, despite his comments about WWE fighters, he still admires McGregor.
I’m a fan of Conor McGregor. I respect the work he’s done in the ring. I get it. He’s a trash talker. He likes to create headlines. I wish him all the best in all he does…This business is about entertaining folks and if people want to see the match, and he finds someone who wants to get in the ring with him, who takes exceptional offense to it, then anything can and will happen.
UFC releases UFC 202 Embedded Vlog – Episode 5, showing the events directly after the McGregor-Diaz water bottle fight. McGregor:
F-k all that…His big brother called him of the stage and little Nate Jr. went runnin’.
He tried to walk in and steal the show, and be like Mr Cool guy with his team. Think about it? He gonna come in make a scene with the whole place. I got real gangsters with me. We train together every day.
The clip ends with a sparring session for the media.
McGregor appears at his final session for the media.
F-ck the Diaz brothers. F-ck those cockroaches…We came here ready for war, not to throw little bitch bottles and go runnin’. We’re here ready to fight, so let’s go! That fairy tale he had is coming to an end. He can be knocked out, and he will be knocked out…My legacy is set in stone. It was set in stone when Jose crumbled. This is something separate from this. I came in here for a straight fight…Like I said, Fuck team Diaz, and if you’re down with Team Diaz, then f-ck you too.
I have not overtrained this time. When you show up at the gym and train eight, nine hours without no real start or finish, you go into that overtraining mode, so we have been very careful of that. My body has responded very well to this new structure, and I look forward to showing that on Saturday night.
Conor McGregor says he'll KO Nate Diaz within two rounds
Appearing via phone-in on the Russillo and Kanell show, McGregor is asked about those who felt the altercation was staged.
What you think? We sat back down and said ‘hey, let’s launch bottles into the crowd’? I mean, no that’s ridiculous…It’s weird to even get compared to [WWE], that dweeb stuff. This is real, we’re about to fight. We’re about to get into a cage and try and take each other out. It does get more real than that, as the UFC slogan is; it is as real as it gets. That was real. Was it the most intelligent thing to be doing? Launching bottles and stuff? I think it wasn’t, but hey, it is what it is. It’s real. If it was scripted we would have probably would have came up with something better than that. It is what it is, you just have to get on with it,” he said. “I’m happy I get in and punch the guy in the face now, and if his team come near me I’ll smack his whole team, throwing bottles like that. I just thought it was weak, the whole thing, but hey. It is what it is. I’ll see the boy Saturday, and his little team.
McGregor appears in a video for Reebok, talking about superstitions.
I think superstitions, for me personally, is just another word for fear. You need to wear your lucky pants, and then all of the sudden, your lucky pants aren’t there and then you start freaking out. It’s simply fear in another word…I can do anything, I can eat anything, I can wear anything. I am confident that I can enter the fight without needing anything artificial.
Diaz talks to UFC Tonight about the water bottle fight.
That guy [McGregor] walks in like he was the show. But I thought the show was over, so I left the show…I’m too real for this whole game, and they can’t have a guy like me winning because look at what’s happening. I get paid finally, I’ve been stuck in contracts for years, and then they sell the UFC. It’s changing baby, and it’s because of what’s going on here. And if people don’t recognize that they’re tripping. And the same thing, that’s why they threw me right back in there, they want to weed me out and get me out of here before it gets too big. But it’s already an unstoppable force that’s going at a high pace, so the game is in trouble with someone like me winning. So that’s why. They know me and they know that, they hope I don’t win…It’s all good either way though because I cannot be killed and regardless, win or lose, which I plan on winning, my voice is still going to be heard. My mic got too big to not be heard.
McGregor appears on UFC Tonight. Asked about the water bottle fight.
Look, I seen panicking up into the stands. And I thought maybe there was a case of dehydration going on. I was simply launching some hydration for people. Around the desert here it’s intense. In reality, they were walking out talking shit and throwing bottles. If you want to fight, let’s fight. It was handbags. It was nothing. I just defended myself.
On WWE comments:
It was not planned in any way. I was asked a question and I just rolled with it and it took on a life of its own…It’s been amusing watching all these dweebs sputter around. They don’t know what to do when a real man comes up and questions whatever it is they do. I am laughing all the way the the bank with it.
Conor McGregor is highly confident he will avenge his loss to Nate Diaz – 'UFC Tonight'
UFC releases a video of Olivi interviewing McGregor. After his UFC 196 defeat:
I sit in a dark room and plot my return…You just got to embrace it. it’s a crazy game. anything can happen. I just broke it down into small pieces, analysed the fight…I’ve watched the fight many times. I don’t know how many but I’ve certainly studied it, very much so…I wanted that rematch instantly.
Y’know you’ve got to be switched on for five minutes. It’s a five minute high paced round. There was a time when I was just showing up to the gym. There was no class or session. I was just rolling into the gym, and I’d train with whoever was there. If I saw a jiu-jitsu guy there — let’s roll. If I saw a boxing guy, let’s box. There was no real start, no finish, no structure. That was beneficial at some point, but when you’re preparing for a high-paced round, you need to prepare. You need to be on and off.
UFC releases the fourth episode of its Embedded Vlog. Diaz goes through his promotional obligations. McGregor continues to push himself in the gym. Things go sideways at the official press conference when McGregor is late and Diaz and McGregor get into a water bottle fight. Diaz:
McGregor talks about the bottle-throwing incident at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference.
We’re brand new. We’re absolutely brand new. It was handbags. If they want to fight, let’s fight…They tried to bottle me. If they throw bottles I’ll throw cans. It was all in self defense. I was scared for my life. [Interviewer: were you really?] No…I’m good. I have a fight Saturday night and I get to punch him in the face.
Conor McGregor discusses UFC 202 melee and fight with Nate Diaz