Nate Diaz respects what Conor McGregor has done for the sport of MMA and the UFC.
But that doesn’t mean he is giving him all the credit for it.
Diaz will take on McGregor this Saturday night in the main event of UFC 196 from Las Vegas.
During a recent interview on “UFC Tonight,” the former lightweight title contender discussed his thoughts on “Notorious.”
“He’s great. Calling out everyone,” Diaz said. “A lot of the things he’s said are things I’ve already said. He’s doing a good job. If I’m a fight fan, that’s what I want to see and it’s a good thing.
“Everybody is a wrestler now and that’s not entertaining. Then a martial artist comes and takes you out.”
During the past week, much has been made of where the bout will take place. Diaz initially agreed to fight at 165 pounds, but McGregor went ahead and said 170 would be fine.
Moving forward, Diaz believes welterweight will be a great division for the Irish fighter who currently holds the featherweight belt.
“It’s martial arts. You should be ready to fight anyone at any time. I’ll fight everyone,” he said. “I think Conor will do great – hopefully not against me. I’ve went up a weight class before and felt great.”