Conor McGregor had plenty to say about an electric main card at UFC 277 and he saw plenty of comparisons between the two fights Amanda Nunes had with Julianna Pena and his rivalry with Nate Diaz.
The Notorious posted his thoughts on Twitter in the form of audio recordings on Sunday afternoon admitting he had enjoyed a ‘few hits of a blunt, big blunts,’ prior to posting.
Nunes was able to regain the UFC Bantamweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Pena just eight months after her second-round submission loss to the same opponent at UFC 269.
Amanda Nunes regained her double champion status with a shut-out win over Julianna Pena
Pena was dropped several times during the five-rounder, but she stayed game until the last bell
McGregor’s rivalry with Diaz went down in the second-half of 2016. After Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out of McGregor’s original chance to become UFC’s first UFC champion, the Irishman stepped up to welterweight for the first time to face Diaz on short notice.
Like Nunes, McGregor was also choked out in the second round, but he would win the rematch months later via decision.
‘It’s mad to me the similarity of last night’s ladies’ bantamweight world title fight rematch to mine with Diaz,’ McGregor said. ‘The McGregor-Diaz fights. Fight number one… a highly-touted, the GOAT of the sport. Me and Amanda Nunes. Sheer toughness, willingness to fight, and caught off guard. We eat a couple of shots, give a couple of shots, then eats a couple of shots and the tide turns and then gets choked.
‘Now the return, the rematch. Confidence on the other side. Tenacity and toughness, all of that is still there. More focused work on Nunes and my side.’
‘Now I’m neither side, I’m a fan of both women, a huge fan of both of those women,’ McGregor continued. ‘Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena, and everyone who steps inside that f****** octagon, to be honest, and makes the walk. At the end of the original bout, ‘I’m not surprised m*********.’
‘Then again, Julianna says it and then the fight goes the exact same way in the second fight. Dropped multiple times, just better prepared, cracks the shots, gets the drop multiple times, but then the toughness is just still there, still in Amanda’s face, still in my face.’
‘Some fights, they are, they’re iconic mixed martial arts bouts that we’re all lucky to witness, and it’s a mad that you know, double champ, double champ. ‘I’m not surprised.’ ‘I’m not surprised.’ I don’t know… it’s a madhouse scene.’
Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor’s fights remain two of the UFC’s most-bought pay-per-views
Brandon Moreno provided an explosive finish to his lightweight contest with Kai Kara-France
Kara-France and Moreno had another entertaining affair after their first meeting in 2019
McGregor went on to praise Brandon Moreno for his victory over Kai Kara-France. The flyweight stopped Kara-France in the third round and McGregor was impressed with his work.
‘That Mexican is a little animal of a thing, and so is the little New Zealander also,’ McGregor said on Twitter audio. ‘Two goers. Two proper goers from completely different parts of the world. Two different people but two of the same in their own way.
‘It was great to watch that bout, a really great bout. And the little Mexican is some boy. You have to give it to him, walking into the arena with the chick on the arm. Numero uno. Campeón, campeón. (No. 1. Champion, champion.)
‘A proper Mexican entrance and then a proper Mexican fight. Then the toughness, and he just put on a show. It was a great card… Viva la Mexico, c*bron. Viva la Mexico. Let’s go, baby. Congrats to the Mexicans.’
McGregor is plottig his UFC comeback, but it’s a long way back to double champ status
McGregor is back in full training after breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 just over one year ago.
He’s widely expected to make his return towards the end of 2022, or potentially early next year.
It is not known who McGregor will face or even what weight he will compete at. The 34-year-old has packed on a lot of muscle during his time away from the octagon.