The build to UFC 196 has been a crazy one but, for the most part, it has seen Conor McGregor talk circles around Nate Diaz. In fact, if somebody were to tally who has come out on top of each interview, press conference or verbal exchange, the featherweight champ would have a massive lead.
Diaz, though, got quite the rise out of McGregor on Friday night at the UFC 196 weigh-ins. Check it out here:
Dat flinch pic.twitter.com/D4DKXCnSxM— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) March 5, 2016
After an on-stage scuffle at Thursday's pre-fight presser, which saw McGregor's and Diaz's entourages get into it before being separated by a sizable contingent of UFC officials and venue security, UFC brass took no chances at the weigh-ins, holding the two main eventers apart for their staredown. Diaz, from several feet away, lunged in on McGregor and drew a flinch out of him.
This is the second time in a row that McGregor's opponent has gotten a rise out of him at the weigh-ins. At UFC 194, then-featherweight champ Jose Aldo taunted McGregor next to the scales by striking his signature weigh-in pose. This visibly angered McGregor ahead of the fight (which, of course, McGregor won in 13 seconds).
We'll see if Diaz can avoid the same fate Saturday night.