Nate Diaz opens up on Conor McGregor rivalry ahead of UFC return
Nate Diaz has questioned whether Conor McGregor can sleep at night following their epic fights three years ago.
Diaz stunned the world by choking out the then featherweight champion after stepping in at short notice to replace the injured Rafael dos Anjos.
McGregor exacted his revenge five months later with a decision victory following five of the best rounds every witnessed in the octagon.
But while the Irishman went on to win the lightweight title by knocking out Eddie Alvarez – and then facing Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov – Diaz has been sidelined since 2016.
He makes his belated return at UFC 241 on Saturday when he takes on Anthony Pettis at welterweight – and victory would keep him in contention for a trilogy fight with McGregor.
But Diaz told ESPN: "I should have beaten his a** and been on my way, but I have morals and said let's do it again then. Some people don't have that and that's why they're not real fighters.
"[If I was Conor], I wouldn't be able to sleep at night; he got smashed in his face and choked in front of everyone.
"He got his rematch like a spoiled little baby then came back and won a little decision that could have gone either way.
"I don't even care if it's a big decision, it's not the same; you can't be content with a decision, you got choked on your face
"Time will tell but I think we will fight again."
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