LAS VEGAS — Nate Diaz is known for his expletive-laden trash talk, but Conor McGregor wasn’t the victim of his verbal attacks Thursday during their UFC 202 press conference at T-Mobile Arena.
Instead, it was the sound system at the brand-new building set to host UFC 200 this Saturday and the Diaz-McGregor fight Aug. 20.
Diaz was having difficulty understanding questions asked by reporters during the presser because of the cacophonous echoes and reverb at the new arena. Eventually, he had enough of it.
“This arena is beautiful, but these (expletive) microphones suck,” Diaz shouted. “I can’t hear (expletive). The mics are (expletive) up.”
In Diaz’s defense, the audio during the press conference was absolutely horrendous, as several reporters and fans voiced complaints via Twitter.
Diaz was seen shrugging his shoulders numerous times when reporters asked questions, and he even asked UFC president Dana White for some help understanding them. Diaz later asked reporters just to shout questions across the cavernous arena, which got a few answers out of the welterweight fighter.
One has to wonder if the trash talk between Diaz and McGregor would have been escalated had the microphone situation been sorted out.