If one of the aspects you dislike about MMA is the constant trash-talk - especially when Conor McGregor is involved - then prepare for your enmity to climb over the next ten days. As an example, take a look at Nate Diaz's key to beating Conor McGregor when he first thought he was getting the fight back in December.
'Train hard and ninja his ass up'.
15 hours after Rafael dos Anjos withdrew from the UFC 196 lightweight title fight, it was announced that the Irish man will instead face Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout.
Diaz is himself a prolific talker of trash.
After a year suspension for marijuana use, the 30-year-old made his return to the octagon in December where he defeated Michael Johnson by unanimous decision.
Post-fight, Diaz snatched the microphone from Joe Rogan who later had to cut short the interview saying, "Unfortunately, you can't talk like that on Fox".
Diaz had just called out "motherfucker" Conor McGregor and in a prophetic claim said "I'm gonna fight your fuckin' ass".
Conor McGregor, you're taking everything I work for motherfucker. I'm gonna fight your fuckin' ass.
You know what's the real fight and what's the real money fight is; that's me, not these clowns you already punked at the press conference.
Don't know one want to see that, you know you beat them already.
That's the easy fight. You want that real shit, right here.
Apart from that call-out, there is a more history between the two.
After Jose Aldo pulled out of UFC 189 a fight with Diaz was discussed as a possible substitute while the Brazilian recuperated from his rib injury.
At the time, the prospect intrigued McGregor.
Nate brings it. The Diaz brothers bring it. They turn up to fight.
You can watch the interview below.