Apparently, Nick Diaz isn't impressed by Conor McGregor's new style of training.
Two days before his brother Nate steps into the Octagon to face the Irish superstar as a late-replacement in a welterweight bout at UFC 196, Nick expressed his opinion on the latest training footage of McGregor in the third Episode of UFC 196 Embedded.
"They give you a fight with the f**king new guy, who's supposed to be the sh*t, but he ain't working with nobody, he ain't working with no black belts, he ain't had no legitimate sparring, had no legitimate trainer," said Nick Diaz. "Look at this trainer (points at boxing coach Richard Perez). This is ridiculous, he doesn't have anybody in MMA on a level like this. You have a f**king guy swinging a f**king pool noodle at you, smacking you in the face with it, trying to promote his own sh*t. It's a joke!"
McGregor spends most of his preparation at his resident Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, Ireland, but also has implemented the unorthodox training methods of movement coach Ido Portal in his two recent training camps. He has explained on multiple occasions that the innovative training of Portal helps his body to move more fluently and get a better feel for the fight. Also, McGregor labelled the footwork and ring generalship of Diaz, who is considered to be one the best boxers in MMA today, as "amateurish". Diaz jumped in to replace injured lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos only two weeks before UFC 196.
Also on this Embedded: Holly Holm gets the celebrity treatment on her flight to Las Vegas, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman carries the bags for teammate Gian Villante, and Conor McGregor screws around with a taser.
UFC 196 takes place this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, and is headlined by a welterweight matchup between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.