Nick Diaz impressed Conor McGregor despite losing to Robbie Lawler on his return to the octagon at UFC 266 – but The Notorious couldn’t resist a dig at younger brother Nate
Conor McGregor watched Nick Diaz’s UFC comeback – then described his brother Nate’s boxing as “p***” and “garbage” by comparison.
The elder Diaz sibling was unsuccessful in his rematch with Robbie Lawler as he made his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 266.
Diaz opted not to continue after getting hurt in the third round as he competed for the first time in more than six years.
Give his verdict on Lawler’s TKO win over Nick Diaz, McGregor tweeted: “Nick/Rob was a good fight. The spin kick at the start gave the ground on Nick but he was veteran composed and was peppering lovely shots in.
“He just ate some big body shots and there was more coming Robbie was strong to the body it was veteran work all round. I enjoyed thoroughly.
“The finishing sequence when the temple was clipped after the leg went, the evasion of the final shot, which was a blistering uppercut, was magic. Look at it. Down on one knee, observing where the shot was coming from, slip/parry, and re cente to open guard safe. Ala Daly fight.”
Having given a positive review of the fight, McGregor’s tone changed somewhat as he turned his sights on Nate, saying there was a “clear difference” between the brothers’ striking.
“Nate your boxing is piss compare to nicks,” the Notorious tweeted. “We been fed garbage with your sloppy shots the last few years.
“Can see the clear difference between the two brothers after last night. Balance, composure. Another level the big bro is on to you. I made you.”
McGregor fought Nate Diaz twice in 2016, winning by majority decision in the rematch to avenge a submission defeat in their first.
The Irishman is currently in the US recovering from a broken tibia he suffered in his UFC 264 loss to Dustin Poirier in July.
McGregor, 33, was set to be out until next summer, but with his recovery ahead of schedule he could make a surprise return before the end of the year.
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He recently told Adam Glyn: “I feel good now I’m back on the feet. I honestly feel like I can kick right now but I’ve got to listen to the doctors. I’ve just got to listen to the people who are guiding me.”
“Still a long way to go, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. Like I said, I could kick right now but I’m not advised to kick yet but I’m going to get back man. Do you think a broken leg is going to stop me? Think again.”
McGregor – who has lost two fights to Poirier this year – is without a win since stopping Donald Cerrone in 40-seconds last January.