During the UFC 196 press conference, Nate Diaz made headlines saying everyone in the UFC are on steroids, including Conor McGregor. His coach Richard Perez, has since followed up with even more accusations.
“Oh I sure do believe that, heck yeah. Some guys, they get busted – and to be honest with you, I know McGregor has got to be on some kind of steroids,” Perez said. “He’s pretty big, and then all of a sudden (he’s) jumping to 170? Yeah there’s no way, cause I mean, he was supposed to be fighting at 155.”
“So if you think about it, he was focusing on training at 155. He only had two weeks to go. And all of a sudden he’s gonna jump to 170? So no, there’s something going on.”
“When Nathan mentioned it to him, he got defensive, he got angry,” he continued. “If somebody would have told me that I was fighting and he told me, you know, steroids, I would laugh and say, ‘yeah give me some more steroids, heck yeah, ah ha sure’. But he got defensive and mad, you know, “I’m not on steroids, I’m not on steroids!” You know, he was like trying to defend himself. So that, just his actions and the way he talked, there’s something behind that.”
Perez also repeated what Diaz said about accepting the fight at a lower weight, and claims that it was McGregor who asked to be at 170 lbs. He says that Conor probably couldn’t make the weight and was much bigger now as a result of doing something “shady”.
“Well, all I know is that he was supposed to fight at 155, and for some reason I don’t think he would have made the weight, because he was trying to go to 165 and then he went to 170,” Perez said. “So think about it. If you see that, you would think he had two more weeks to go, he would be close to 155 and stay on that, you know, or go to 160. But he didn’t, he jumped to 170. So that’s kinda shady right there.”
“That’s what I’m saying, that McGregor couldn’t make the weight,” he said. “Because he would have said ‘okay, let’s go to 160 or let’s go to 155’ because Nathan was ready for it. And he didn’t. So then he jumped to 170. Why?”
“I mean, two weeks ago – and you know, if you’re a fighter and you’ve been training for two months or so and you’re already cutting your weight down, so in two weeks you should be close to 155,” he said. “So all of a sudden 155 to 170? Oh boy, that’s a big jump. So there’s something fishy going on there.”
Listen to the entire interview above, where Perez says Diaz has much better striking and has the tools to make McGregor look silly.
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