Nate Diaz Conor McGregor Donald Cerrone (Pictures via @elijahgutierrez & © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Nate Diaz NOT impressed by Conor McGregor’s comeback win over “Cowboy”

"[McGregor] didn't have..."

According to Nate Diaz, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone wasn’t particularly tough competition for Conor McGregor. 

While much of the MMA community have praised Conor McGregor for his 40 obliteration of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone  at UFC 246, not everyone is quite as enamoured. Controversial fan favourite Nate Diaz made his feelings clear after the fight, calling both performances “weak”, amongst other things. Then, at this weekend’s Bellator 238, he expanded on it. Diaz was at the event cornering his protegé Chris Avila, and told ESPN’s Marc Raimondi what he thought of McGregor vs Cowboy.


“Cowboy doesn’t care about winning and losing, so [McGregor] didn’t have a very hard fight on his hands,” Diaz said.

Diaz famously bulldozed “Cowboy”, winning a clear-cut unanimous decision at UFC 141. In that bout, Cerrone seemed defeated before the fight was over, as Diaz seemed to get in his opponents head, while McGregor simply ran through “Cowboy”. Diaz has also fought McGregor twice, with a 1-1 standing between them. Diaz took their first meeting on short notice, shocking the world as he submitted McGregor in the second round at UFC 196. The two then rematched at UFC 202, where McGregor won a close majority decision.

McGregor vs Diaz III?

A third bout between Diaz and McGregor has been discussed by many, and McGregor was open to it. He made this clear that the UFC 246 post fight press conference.

“Let’s go, Nathan,” McGregor said. “Let’s go, brother. Number three. It’s always here.”

Despite this, Diaz seems somewhat unsure of which route to pursue next. “I want to watch what happens in the next few months,” Diaz said in regards to his next fight. While he is coming off of a TKO loss to Jorge Masvidal, there are plenty of options for Diaz when he decides to return. His comeback win over Anthony Pettis secured his spot as one of the biggest MMA fighters in the world. Now, it remains to me seen which direction he chooses to go in.


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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for