American Nate Diaz has hit out at Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans who have praised Conor McGregor for seeking out an immediate rematch with him. The Irishman suffered the first loss of his career at UFC 196 in March when he was defeated via submission by Diaz.
McGregor was widely praised by many on stepping up from the featherweight division to the welterweight in order to take on the American and has ignored pleas from fighters to get back to the featherweight division and defend his crown.
With news of a rematch between the two scheduled for UFC 200 in Las Vegas on 9 July , fans have taken to social media to laud the 27-year-old on his decision to ask for a rematch. This has not gone down well with Diaz who has criticsed fans of the sport.
"I've lost decisions that I didn't really lose and if I asked to get a rematch it was out of the question like are you kidding me, don't even ask," Diaz said, as quoted by the Dailystar.
"But this guy is getting praised for wanting a rematch. It's like get the (expletive) out of here, (expletive), this is the fight game."
"Whoever has lost a fight in UFC and hasn't wanted to fight that guy the next day shouldn't be in the sport. All of a sudden he's getting praised for losing and wanting a rematch? Get the (expletive) out of here, I'm sick of hearing it."
Diaz also took a potshot at McGregor asking him not be down in the dumps when he defeats him at UFC 200.
"I'm sure he will be all right when I beat him. I'm top of the food chain. I've been fighting top 10 competition for eight years. Losing to me is not so bad."
"You can lose to some lame ass or you can lose to a real (expletive) G fighter. I don't think it will hurt him too much, he'll be all right."