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Conor McGregor has vowed to knock Nate Diaz out in the first round of their hastily arranged welterweight fight at UFC 196 on March 5.
McGregor had been due to fight Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight title at the MGM Grand, but instead he will step up to welterweight after the Brazilian was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a broken foot.
The two fights came head-to-head in an expletive-filled press conference on Wednesday evening and wasted little time in trading barbs with Diaz claiming that 'everybody in the UFC is on steroids', including the Dubliner.
McGregor, however, was quick to deny the allegations, stating: "Steroids? What are you talking about, steroids? Don’t be putting my name with steroids! I’m major against that. Don’t put my name in the name of steroids, Nate!"
McGregor will move up two weight divisions to fight Diaz, the younger brother Nick Diaz, but he is confident he will not need too much time to prove himself at welterweight.
“I like Nick’s little bro. I do. I honestly like Nick’s little bro. How can you not like him? He’s like a little cholo gangster from the hood. I respect Nate. Don’t get me wrong, I do respect Nate. There’s a lot of pussies in this game and he is not one of them. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a respect there between us. But it’s business in there and business is business. He will be KO’d inside the first round," he stated.
When asked about Dos Anjos' withdrawal, McGregor was quick to blast the Brazilian.
"Dos Anjos has a bruise on his foot. Did ya see it? It’s a bruise. Ice. Ibuprofen. If I jumped under an x-ray, the doctor would slap me and say: ‘What are you doing, kid? Get out of here! Stop this!’ he said.
"If you show up and fight, you’re in. Congratulations, you did it. Most people, when they get that red-panty night off me they ring home to their wife. Baby, we did it! Nate rings Nick. Baby we did it! I’m happy to give Nate the cheque. So Nate, congratulations, you’re rich now.”