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Same UFC fighters, same result: Nate Diaz

AAP logoAAP 20/08/2016 Paul Johnson

It's a good thing never tear us apart isn't the maxim between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

Because all UFC officials have been doing in the lead-up to the second McGregor-Diaz fight, to be staged in Las Vegas, is distancing the duo.

At the media conference, McGregor (UFC record 7-1) in his own inimitable style turned up half an hour late, disrespecting the company that pays his bills and not for the first time, Diaz.

It offended the 31-year-old American (20-10).

"That guy (McGregor) walks in like he was the show," Diaz said.

"But I thought the show was over, so I left the show."

When Diaz went to leave, the two threw insults and full water bottles, before UFC boss Dana White instructed security to "get him (McGregor) out of here".

Diaz, as is so often the case when it comes to the 28-year-old featherweight champion, was not impressed and predicted he would defeat McGregor yet again while mocking the Irishman for saying he'd end it early.

"I think he is trying to pump himself up; he's trying to make himself believe it but he knows what happened in the last fight," Diaz said.

"It's the same guy versus the same guy."

That McGregor and Diaz don't like each other is not in dispute, but they had been subdued up to this week and now the fuse has again been lit by McGregor.

But why?

Losing his cool didn't do the then undefeated Irishman any favours in March.

After pulverising Diaz with punches early in the first round, Diaz turned the tables.

Diaz walked through McGregor's best shots to get in some of his own before McGregor shot a takedown that was ultimately his undoing.

Diaz very quickly took McGregor's back and the Irishman quickly tapped out via a rear-naked choke.

McGregor is back to his usual cocksure self, though, full of the belief he will put Diaz down and should have last time.

"I was controlling the contest. I was slapping the head off of him. I wanted to keep it as is, I wanted no changes and I got it," McGregor said of the fight.

"I've been sparring middleweights this entire camp. We are prepared for his weight and his durability ... that's all he has on me.

"Tune in August 20th and you'll see the real me."

Whoever the real McGregor is we will find out on Sunday (1200 AEST) but Diaz is on a two-fight winning streak and full of the easy confidence McGregor had before their fight in March.

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