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Coach: Nate Diaz's gameplan will make McGregor 'look silly' at UFC 196

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Nate Diaz' boxing coach Richard Perez predicts the upcoming UFC 196 headliner between his student and Conor McGregor.

Last week's already infamous press conference in Torrence, CA kicked off the build-up for UFC 196's new main event, which is a bout between two of the most outspoken figures in the UFC today, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

During the presser, McGregor claimed that Diaz' footwork looked "very amateurish", among lots of other things. Richard Perez, Diaz' boxing coach, now responded to that statement during an appearance in the Submission Radio Podcast.

"When it comes to the night of the fight, McGregor's going to be shocked," Perez said. "McGregor is a good striker. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying he's not, but Nathan's better. I mean, when Nathan's on his game plan he'll make him look silly."

Nate Diaz and his brother Nick have also trained with boxing world champion Andre Ward in the past, and have always been credited for their unconventional, yet extremely effective way of striking.

Diaz replaces the injured lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos against 145-pound titleholder McGregor in the main event of UFC 196, this Saturday in Las Vegas. The fight will be contested at 170 pounds.