Looks like it wasn’t just Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz who made money off that UFC 196 main event. Jake Shields has revealed that he put money on Diaz despite his teammate coming in on extremely short notice.
UFC 196 Video: Conor confronts ‘juicehead’ Shields
Check out TMZ’s newly released footage of Conor McGregor confronting Jake Shields and Nick Diaz telling his younger brother to prepare for a brawl at the UFC 196 press conference.
“I absolutely thought Nate was going to win. I went and bet money on him,” Shields told Sherdog. “There were things I was worried about. Like the fact that Nate was in Cabo right before the fight. Him and [Gilbert Melendez] were out in Cabo, drinking, eating, you know, having fun and partying, not training, so that was in the back of my head.”
“Nate’s a cardio freak, so I was like, ‘Well hopefully that doesn’t hurt him.’ I definitely thought Nate was gonna win. I think Conor’s a great fighter, but I think he got a little overhyped.”
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Shields also spoke more about the contest with MMA Fighting.
“I believed in him regardless,” Shields said. “Obviously definitely the camp would’ve been a lot better, but I still like Nate was just the smarter fighter, the bigger fighter. I felt like he had a lot more experience.”
“I knew it was over when he went for the takedown,” Shields claimed. “You could see it actually before that. He landed a couple of shots and you could see it in Conor’s face that he was broke. Conor hasn’t really been in a war like that, if ever or a long time. I’ve never seen Conor in a war. He’s used to going out there and bullying people. That’s something I knew. Nate’s a true warrior. If it does go deep and they try to battle, Nate’s going to keep going.”
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