Nate Diaz backs Conor McGregor’s withdrawal from UFC 303

Despite their storied rivalry, Nate Diaz has shown support for Conor McGregor’s decision to withdraw from UFC 303 due to injury. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Diaz defended McGregor’s choice to prioritize his health. “I think it was just a little thing,” Diaz said.

“They’ve made it into a bigger deal than it is. Good idea. If I get confused, I’d like to push back on the fight too, but people freak the fuck out.

McGregor was scheduled to face Michael Chandler at UFC 303 during International Fight Week, but a broken toe forced him to withdraw. Diaz emphasized the importance of being fully prepared and healthy before entering the octagon, pointing out that many critics do not have the experience to understand such decisions.

“I’ve done all kinds of shit in the past that I shouldn’t have done. So I think he learned from experience,” Diaz added.


Diaz is currently preparing for his own fight against Jorge Masvidal on July 6 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This will be their second meeting; their first fight was at UFC 244 in 2019 for the first BMF title. Diaz expressed his willingness, saying:

“Everything is hard all the time, but I’m probably G to just sit there and tell the fight time.”

If Diaz beats Masvidal in the future, he could land a third fight with McGregor, reigniting their famous rivalry. McGregor, who reportedly has one fight left on his current UFC contract, has expressed interest in a trilogy fight with Diaz.

“We’ll see what happens over time,” Diaz said. “It depends on what happens with my fight, his fight, UFC. Don’t know. I’m not a fortune teller.”

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