When the Irish fighter was asked about how he has coped with the loss to Diaz, and if it acted as extra motivation for the rematch, he gave a rather thoughtful reply, saying:
“I am an expert at adaptation and overcoming adversity. I’ve been doing it my whole life. I have faced defeats in all forms, not just MMA, and I have come back stronger. We win or we learn, that’s what my coach John (Kavanagh) says.”
“I have grown as a fighter and I have gained valuable experience,” he added underlining the number of knockouts on his resume. When McGregor threw those same bombs that destroyed other fighters but didn’t have the same impact on Diaz on March 5, it was a whole new feeling for the 28-year-old. He is choosing to harness that experience as motivation for the rematch.
“It was nice to go in there and face a man who, although he was close to tumbling, stuck it out and showed his experience to pull through. It was nice to experience that, and now I have the chance to go back in and use what I have learned from that, to use the experience I have learned from that fight, and to go at it again.
“I am very excited for the fight. It is going to be a hell of a fight. The last fight was a hell of a fight. We went in there and we stood toe to toe. The fans are in for a treat, but make no mistake, my hand will be raised.”
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