Diaz not shocked by victory over McGregor


A bullish Nate Diaz believed his stunning UFC 196 victory over Conor McGregor was anything but a surprise.

Heading into the bout on just 11 days' notice, Diaz secured a submission win over the featherweight champion, who had stepped up two divisions to take the fight.

And Diaz suggested that the difference in weight was the key difference in handing McGregor his first UFC defeat and snapping the Irishman's long 15-fight unbeaten streak.

Responding to UFC announcer Joe Rogan's question "You just shook up the world, how does it feel?" a grinning Diaz said: "I'm not surprised mother******."

Diaz had been training for a triathlon ahead of the fight and claimed: "We should always be ready to fight, everybody on the worst day."

"I knew it was going to be a slow start for me. I'm always in shape, [but] if I'm not in the best shape, I've got to start slow and pick up as I go.

"I would have expected to spar a lot more for this fight. If I had a full camp I don't think I would have been touched. He got me with some good punches, so good on his part.

Discussing a fierce straight left that set the chains in motion for victory, Diaz said: "I just nailed him. 

"Like I said, I knew I was going to start slow. As soon as I got one he was starting to turn around, it happened earlier than I expected."

McGregor had been due to fight Rafael dos Anjos in Las Vegas before the Brazilian suffered a broken foot. The lightweight champion had his say on Twitter, simply posting: "This is not feather weight."