It’s late February and not much is going on in sports, so the press conference the UFC held today to promote Conor McGregor’s upcoming fight against Nate Diaz was the most entertaining happening of the day largely by default. Even so, it was really something, every bit as dumb as could be hoped.
McGregor, the promotion’s reigning 145-lb. champion and top male drawing card, was scheduled to fight 155-lb. champion Rafael dos Anjos in Las Vegas on March 5 in a bout that would give him the chance to become the first fighter ever to hold belts in two UFC weight classes at the same time. Then dos Anjos injured his foot and the UFC arranged for Diaz to step in on short notice for a 170-lb. fight. This is outstanding partly because Diaz, though he’s lost three of his last five, is a talented, aggressive fighter who should give McGregor a good scrap if not a serious challenge, and mostly because Diaz is just about as absurd a personality as McGregor, who is plenty absurd in his own right.