For several days now, the MMA world has been buzzing as a result of Nate Diaz – Conor McGregor II, but UFC vet Jim Miller believes he’s seen better performances from both stars.
McGregor floored Diaz several times during the opening rounds of the UFC 202 headliner, before the latter mounted a comeback and pushed the Irish fighter until the final bell. After the bout McGregor was awarded the majority decision win, and a lot of folks heralded the bout as one of the best fights in recent memory.
Well, Miller talked to MMA Fighting.com in advance of his scrap this Saturday with Joe Lauzon. While doing so, the well rounded fighter had this to say about Diaz – McGregor II :
“I thought it was a very compelling fight, [but] I’ve seen those guys perform a lot better if I’m being hypercritical,” Miller said. “It wasn’t the greatest fight in the world in my mind, because Conor got very tired. And Nate, his boxing just looked off. He wasn’t striking like he normally strikes, or like he has. If he boxed Conor like he did Michael Johnson, I think the fight is different.
“It was an exciting fight because things were going on, you had all the lead-up but, again, it wasn’t their best performances. But yeah, it was a good fight.”
Now sure, some Diaz or McGregor fans will likely disagree with Miller on this, and cite both men’s abilities as to why perhaps they’ve looked better in other bouts. But, Miller does know a little something about all this MMA stuff, and one could certainly argue that perhaps nerves played a factor in each man’s performance. Miller’s also not the only fighter who’s questioned McGregor’s cardio.
Miller – Lauzon II, meanwhile, will be part of UFC on FOX 21, which will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Miller own the first 2012 scrap by UD.