Partially, McGregor vs Diaz was billed as the clash of the trash-talkers.
In the build-up to the fight, there was only one winner in this respect - McGregor.
Diaz was - to be kind - succinct in his responses. This contrasted with the Dubliner's more bombastic style.
It was expected that the verbal jabs would not be kept just outside of the octagon, there were also likely to fly once the pair went toe-to-toe.
In a superbly honest and engaging interview with Fox Sports, Nate Diaz related some of the conversation which he and McGregor had during the fight.
The Irishman won the opening round - an occurrence which heartened his verbals. However, once Diaz began to dictate the fight, things changed in terms of who was doing the talking.
I knew I was going to have a slow first round. Then when it started turning around, I saw the beginning of the end. I started telling him '[expletive] it's going to get worse from here on'.
In the first, he was quick and he had his things to say and in my head I was like 'It's alright. Next round I'm going to be there too.'
When the next round started, it came quicker than I thought. When I started landing shots I was like 'This is a wrap, because you ain't going no further than this'.
I could tell by the landed punches and how I started smothering his punches and they started easing up.
Then I had him on the cage and I was like '[expletive] you've got nothing to say now, do you?' Then I put a knee in his stomach and I heard him go 'oooohhhh'.
Then all of a sudden he's shooting for a takedown and I'm like 'Oh, you're a wrestler now. You're a wrestler. Remember, I'm the blackbelt in jiu jitsu and you're shooting on me now. You and me know that this is a wrap'.
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