Less than a week before UFC 196 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, things are already heating up between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz even before they step in the caged ocatgon.
When the press junket for the fight took place last week, both fighters had something to say about each other. McGregor, who is known for his comments, did not hold back on his new competitor after Rafael dos Anjos had to back out due to a foot injury.
Now, Diaz’s camp is hitting back by accusing the Irish man a very serious matter. “I sure do believe that [McGregor’s on steroids], heck yeah,” Richard Perez, Diaz’s coach said when he visited Submission Radio.
“Some guys, they get busted – and to be honest with you, I know McGregor has got to be on some kind of steroids. He’s pretty big, and then all of a sudden [he’s] jumping to 170 [pounds, 77kg]? Yeah there’s no way, because I mean, he was supposed to be fighting at 155,” the boxing trainer broke down the situation. As previously reported, the fight will not be at 170lbs from 155lbs as suggested by McGregor himself when Dana White and UFC were having difficulties making the deal with Diaz given the weight parameters.
“So if you think about it, he was focusing on training at 155. He only had two weeks to go. And all of a sudden he’s gonna jump to 170? So no, there’s something going on,” Diaz concluded on his observations.
Meanwhile, its not only McGregor that Diaz and his camp is accusing of using the prohibited drug. In fact, Diaz started the whole thing by making a sweeping statement that everyone in UFC is using steroids. Both White and McGregor blatantly denied it.
McGregor for his part was furious saying “Steroids, what you talking about steroids? Don’t you put my name with steroids, I’m major against that. Don’t put my name with the name of steroids, Nate.”
Aside from McGregor and Diaz, Holly Holm and Meisha Tate are also slated for a grudge fight on the aforementioned event.