Nate goes off on UFC, McGregor and Khabib

As of early Saturday afternoon (8/4/18), 5Dimes had Dustin Poirier listed as a -230 favorite with Nate Diaz a +170 underdog for their UFC 230 co-main event scrap at MSG in NYC.

Published on Saturday, 8/4/18, at 11:51 a.m. Eastern.

To be clear, I still think Nate Diaz is down to fight Dustin Poirier in the UFC 230 co-main event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. After showing up late at Friday’s presser at The Orpheum Theater to announce a slew of fights, Nate bolted when Dana White cued up a surprise video to end the event.

By now, you all know that the video announced the long-anticipated bout between Conor McGregor and current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov that’ll go down in Las Vegas on Oct. 6 as the UFC 229 headliner.

When asked why “this fight” (vs. ‘The Diamond’) was the one to bring him out of a two-year hiatus, Nate responded, “It’s time to go so….it’s time to go.”

Then Nate and Dustin were asked if they view their fight as a “semifinal” with the winner to get the Conor-Khabib winner for the title. Nate said, “This is a championship fight right here.” Poirier added, “we’re going to show up and deliver, I promise you that. This is going to be one of the most exciting fights you’ve ever seen.”

When further pressed about why now is the time to return, Nate replied, “Since my last fight, I wasn’t eligible to fight because of this lawsuit. I’m not sure why nobody told you guys that.”

The last question from the media was for Nate: “Do you still want the trilogy fight with Conor McGregor?” Nate responded, “I already won twice, so I ain’t worried about it.”

After the presser, Nate sent out this tweet:

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto shared this video of Nate outside after the presser where he expressed a lot more opinions:

Here was Dustin’s interview with Okamoto after the presser:

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