Nate Diaz caused a stir on Wednesday during a press conference for his upcoming bout with Conor McGregor at UFC 196 on March 5, claiming "everybody" inside the organisation, including McGregor, is on steroids.
As Fox Sports: UFC shared, the Irishman quickly distanced himself from those allegations and reminded Diaz of Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields, two of the American's team-mates who have tested positive for banned substances:
FOX Sports: UFC @UFCONFOX
Shots fired! @NateDiaz flat out accuses @TheNotoriousMMA and everyone in the @UFC of being on steroids #UFC196 https://t.co/2dIDFwghPI2016-2-24 23:09:10
Wednesday's press conference was the first time the two fighters engaged in verbal warfare ahead of their upcoming scrap, and neither held back. Per UFC Europe, McGregor hit back as hard as he could (Warning: Language is NSFW):
UFC Europe @UFCEurope
Here we go!!! Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz trading bombs at the #UFC196 presser on https://t.co/ja99IBJNVL https://t.co/pGwH6d0ya72016-2-24 21:41:17
Diaz's allegations were serious and aimed especially at McGregor, and it will only add even more fuel to what should already be an explosive battle inside the Octagon.
Diaz got the chance to face McGregor after Rafael dos Anjos, the UFC lightweight champion, had to withdraw from his fight with the Irishman at UFC 196 because of an injury.
As MMA Mania's Adrian MacNair reported (Warning: Link contains NSFW language), Diaz previously called out McGregor after a win over Michael Johnson in December, and the bad blood between the two made the proposed fight an easy sale.
Since UFC 196 takes place on March 5, the two have precious little time to get their verbal shots in, so the heated tone of Wednesday's presser shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Few will have predicted Diaz would bring up steroids, however.
Diaz didn't hold back with his other comments, either, per BT Sport UFC:
BT Sport UFC @btsportufc
.@NateDiaz209's game plan is simple. Kill or be killed. #UFC196 https://t.co/ErCSXsB54T2016-2-24 22:00:29
But perhaps unsurprisingly, it was the current UFC featherweight champion who stole the show, making it clear he doesn't need a lot of time to prepare when someone puts a microphone in front of him:
BT Sport UFC @btsportufc
Lightweight, Featherweight, Welterweight? Forget all of them, this is the @TheNotoriousMMA belt! #UFC196 https://t.co/osMvwAhn7h2016-2-24 21:48:51
Fans can only hope the battle between these two will be as entertaining as the war of words we've seen so far. Considering this pair's history, expect Diaz and McGregor to carry on talking up until showtime.