Nate Diaz isn’t bothered by criticism from Conor McGregor following his boxing debut, which ended in defeat to Jake Paul.
The UFC legend suffered a unanimous decision defeat after going ten rounds with Paul in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday night.
Diaz struggled early and got dropped in the fifth round but gave a decent account of himself against a man who already has big wins over former MMA champions in Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva, considered one of the best ever.
After many people, including podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, began to get excited about a future rematch under MMA rules, McGregor took to social media to critique the fight.
The Irishman wrote in a since-deleted Twitter post: “That was abysmal last night. Paul is a r*****. Absolute garbage he is.
“Moving backwards like I was watching a fight in rewind. Holy garbage. Embarrassing stuff all round in my opinion.”
‘Notorious’ was particularly disappointed with Diaz opting to entertain the crowd by locking up a guillotine choke in the final round, rather than trying to find the knockout he needed to win.
“I gonna say this now, them antics when its time2move ain’t hitting for me no more,” McGregor added.
“I’ve seen him point, I’ve seen him turn/walk away etc etc. It’s stale now. Fkn do somethin cos you’re doing nothing! Could’ve been the 170lb UFC champion. Wasted it. Ur doing f*** all.
“Try point and walk away from me I gonna run at you and root you up the hole. Ronda [Rousey] messaged me said you are a do nothing b****”
Paul quickly got into a nasty war of words with McGregor, but Diaz waited until the following day to respond to the man he choked out at UFC 196 in March 2016 in the first of their two-fight epics.
“Most people don’t know s*** about boxing,” he wrote.
After leaving the UFC last year, Diaz is a free agent and has an abundance of options despite suffering a defeat on his boxing debut.
The 38-year-old was immediately offered the chance to make $10 million by rematching Paul in MMA, and both men seem interested in making that fight happen.
Diaz could also return to the UFC for a trilogy fight with McGregor.
‘Notorious’ is closing in on a comeback fight after spending more than two years sidelined having broken his leg during his third fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021.
McGregor is booked to face Michael Chandler but wants to challenge Justin Gaehtje for his newly acquired BMF title before settling his rivalry with Diaz once and for all.
McGregor fought Diaz twice in 2016 after a fiery build-up that saw a press conference brawl. The Dubliner lost at UFC 196 but won their rematch at UFC 202 in August.
At the time, the event sold a record 1.65m PPV buys, with the live gate of $7.6m being the fifth largest in UFC history at the time.