Nate Diaz Believes UFC Gifted Rematch To Conor McGregor, Wants Respect

The way Nate Diaz sees it, it’s him against Conor McGregor, the UFC and the world.

Diaz, whose second-round submission of McGregor at UFC 196 shocked many, doesn’t seem too pleased that the UFC was so quick to give The Notorious a rematch, scheduled for July 9 at UFC 200.

“I swear to God, the UFC thinks it was an accident or something,” Diaz told ESPN.com. “They think it was an accident, and now they’re saying, ‘Let’s get Nate back in there and take him out before he gets any bigger.’

“I don’t think so. I’ve fought everyone in the UFC, and they better give me some (expletive) compliments if I win this fight.”

Diaz (20-10) added that the rematch is “a gift” from the UFC, which wants McGregor (19-3) back on top. Still, Diaz remains confident he’ll win — again.

“I think I can beat every fighter from my weight up to heavyweight,” Diaz told ESPN.com. “I really do feel like I’m better than everyone, but I feel like if I don’t go in there and do what I’m supposed to do, you can (expletive) up and lose to anyone. So even a guy I just beat, I need to make sure I prepare and get the job done.

“Kill or be killed. There’s a lot of pressure in this sport. I need to go in and make (expletive) happen my way.”

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