Nate Diaz explains how he developed the blueprint to beat Conor McGregor

Nate Diaz believes Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier because he hasn't learned his lessons from his first UFC defeat.

Diaz choked out McGregor in their first meeting in 2016 before losing the rematch on points five months later.

The Irishman went on to beat Eddie Alvarez before losing to Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

He stopped the rot by beating Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds but was then KO'd by Poirier last month.

And Diaz believes McGregor looked for the finish too early against his lightweight rival – and paid the ultimate price.

"I think he f***** up more than Dustin did anything good," he told ESPN. "He was landing shots and it looked in the bag to me but he still makes the same mistakes he always has.

"I thought he did horribly [against Mayweather]; I thought he did everything that I and the other boxers thought he would do.

"He went in there, punched himself out and got knocked out; he didn't learn from what happened when I fought him.

"Floyd Mayweather watched the blueprint on how to beat him. When the fight started, that's what he did, he made him punch himself out, because that's not how Mayweather fights. He'd read up on him like I read up on him.

"I didn't think Conor did a good job at all. He'd just lost to me like that and Floyd went out here and pushed the pace and Conor took the bait.

"Conor did that with me, that's what first exposed him, then he did it with Mayweather.

"He tried to make it last against Khabib, he took four rounds to finish him off; then he fought Dustin, he was dropping combinations on him but I think he was pushing the pace like he had it in the bag.

"That happens because he doesn't want to be in there, he's too anxious for the kill because he wants out; he should have slowed it down a little bit."

The UFC is considering booking a trilogy fight between McGregor and Poirier after the American levelled their rivalry at 1-1.

It may be contested for the lightweight title if Nurmagomedov gives up his belt when he holds talks with president Dana White this month.

But Diaz believes the UFC should avoid simply handing McGregor the chance to avenge his defeat.

"They want to talk about how I've got all these losses (11) but I tried to rematch all of those loses and it wad never even considered," he added.

"Ninety-five per cent were decision losses so why was it so out of the question to have a rematch?

"This guy (McGregor) gets finished by me, finished by Khabib… the whole point of him fighting Poirier was to get a rematch against Khabib.

"This guy gets rematches… it's crazy. It's time for something different. He was finished off, why should he get a rematch?"

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