How Nate Diaz Got Inside Conor McGregor’s Head

Conor McGregor looked unstoppable. He beat everyone he fought handily, predicted
many of his victories with surprising accuracy, and had unshakable confidence, but it always
didn’t go as planned. The question is how has that lost impacted
Conor’s legendary confidence? He’s unlikely to share candidly, but if you
know what to look for, you can see cracks in that confidence and, hopefully, by the
end of this video, you’ll have a better idea of how to quickly read anyone in your life,
so that you’ll know what they’re really feeling and not just what they’re saying. So let’s begin with Conor. First off, he used to talk trash about anything
and everything. Check out how he turned random situations
into disses against Nate. In the real world, trash talking doesn’t always
signal confidence, but in the fight game, it’s necessary to sell tickets. The fact that Conor was so comfortable when
talking smack and that he did it every opportunity about whatever he could, was a strong indicator
that he felt that confident. He was even able to stay detached and would
laugh in people’s faces when they tried to face him. You can see he’s almost always able to get a rise
out of his opponent without being flustered himself. But that wasn’t the only indicator of his
confidence. Another tell was how he would gesticulate. Just check out here how he is with his hands
in the first press conference for the initial Nate Diaz fight. Not only was he animated in his gesticulations
like you saw there, but he seemed to have total physical control of the space around
him. Even going so far as to kick up his feet and
then snatch Jose Aldo’s belt from him during a press conference. The way people inhabit the space around them
is a great indicator of how dominant they feel. Just think of how you act in your own home
versus your new friends. When you feel that things belong to you, you’re
more likely to kick your feet up, to be loud, to take up lots of space, but when you feel
as if you’re in someone else’s territory, you’re more likely to be respectful and deferential,
and unimposing in how you treat the objects around you. Conor appeared to feel like he owned every
single press conference, but what was most miraculous about Conor was his predictions. First off, they were full of vivid imagery. He could paint a scene in your head and people
would talk about what he’d said for weeks. Those images became a keynote of his style
and his supreme confidence. Now, obviously, taking someone’s head off
and eating their carcass is an exaggeration, but Conor would also get extremely specific
and realistic predictions, and he’d often get them dead on. Perhaps, his best was in the Jose Aldo fight. This specificity made it seem like Conor could
literally see the future, like he was able to visualize something and make it happen
at will. Visualizing, which we talked about in the
last Conor video gave him a level of certainty that no fighter seemed able to match. Check it out in Conor’s own words. A lot of times people believe in certain things
but they keep to themselves. They don’t put it out there. If you truly believe in it, if you become
vocal with it, you are creating that law of attraction and it will become reality. And that was, perhaps, Conor’s biggest confidence
advantage. He could see those victories in vivid detail
beforehand, and then, he spoke about those victories with absolute conviction. Because of that level of certainty, Conor
never felt like he had to prepare for specific opponents. He didn’t seemed to need to. Here’s what he said about fighting Nate Diaz
on short notice. So you can see there, leading up to the Diaz
fight, it was business as usual for Conor. He looks supremely confident. He could see his victory in his head and he
felt like the fight was in the bag. All that he needed to do was hype the fight,
because in his head, winning was a done deal, and then, it wasn’t. Conor’s bravado has changed quite a bit since
he lost to Nate. And if you know what to look for, there are
tells that indicate he’s not feeling quite as confident as he used to. So let’s compare before and after. First off, the new Conor’s trash talk is far
more vague with hardly any imagery. Secondly, Conor is much more subdued when
he makes his proclamations, with no big gesticulations and no laughing like he used to. Most interesting, though, is that Conor’s
predictions lack the clarity and the specificity of his previous ones. The way people speak usually gives a good
indication of the way that those people are thinking. And for Conor, this low detailed descriptions
of his KOs indicate to me that he doesn’t have as specific an image of victory as he
used to. He may still think that he’ll win, but he
has definitely shied away from sharing his visualizations and those were the ones that
gave him such conviction, the ones that puts fear into his opponent’s heart. He can’t help but show that he has lost a
bit of conviction. It comes through in all of us. It comes through in the way that we speak,
in the way that we move. And we can try to hide it but we wear our
feelings for anyone with a keen eye to see, but that is not the whole story because the
lack of predictions, gesticulations, imagery, enthusiasm doesn’t always indicate a lack
of confidence. I want to throw in one more wrinkle to this
video. Let’s look at Nate Diaz’s pre-fight interviews. His predictions were non-existent. Nate also didn’t seem to have any come backs
for Conor. He would just swear and say, “Yeah, right,”
whenever Conor dissed him. He didn’t seem to have strong eye contact
either, which most people would read as a lack of conviction. And when he spoke about how the fight would
go down, he left open the possibility that he would lose. Just check it out. So, should you take this to mean that Nate
has even lower confidence than Conor? NO. The point of this video is that yes, you can use
these tells to gauge someone’s confidence, but you cannot view those tells in a vacuum. You must get a baseline to compare to. After all, some people bite their nails all
the time, not only when they’re nervous. Some people look angry all the time even when
they’re not. So when reading anyone’s body language, you
must look at what is changing in them. In Conor’s case, we saw what his confident
baseline looked like. He was loud, brash, specific, and domineering,
and what we’re seeing now is not that. From fight to fight, it’s pretty clear that
his confidence isn’t where it used to be, but for the most accurate read of anyone’s
mental state, you need to see how things shift in a shorter period of time. After all, Conor could have just been tired
in the most recent press conferences, so we need to see how his body language and tonality
shift in a single interaction. The only thing that we’re looking for is how
he changes when the topic changes. Luckily, we have that. Watch in this clip how Conor speaks much more
animatedly and with much more conviction when talking about defending his featherweight
belt than when talking about his next fight with Nate. Watch particularly how Conor’s voice speeds
up and how he starts nodding, and how he hesitates much less when speaking about the featherweight
division. Did you hear how Conor’s voice sped up and
how his enthusiasm swelled, and how he seemed to be much more specific and full of adjectives
when talking about the featherweight division, and how that all slowed down, how hesitation
crept in, and he got more vague when speaking about Nate. That is how you know that the conviction level
is not the same for those two statements. Conor doesn’t have the bulletproof confidence
that he used to, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t win. Confidence and competence are not the same
thing. The winner of this next fight will be determined
by a lot of things outside the scope of this analysis. Whoever wins, though, it’s going to be very
interesting to see how each fighter’s confidence responds. If you, personally, are interested in something
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100 Replies to “How Nate Diaz Got Inside Conor McGregor’s Head

  1. I’m so sick of arrogant Conner with his big mouth and now he hits old men. What a disgrace to the sport.I think he has little man syndrome.

  2. People that think UFC fighters are Wealthy are out of touch of reality. UFC fighters are your everyday guy and come from everywhere, but are rarely wealthy.

  3. Well at last we all know now that he is not only a loudmouth.. he also is a cheater on his wife and he suckerpunches older Man on theire Bar chairs. A real hero :DDDDD

  4. When Conor lost then his mindset was to come back stronger. When he loses now he just thinks about the 100 mill he made off the Mayweather fight. Mayweather destroyed him , with money

  5. at 0:55, look at how the woman is having a position of authority and dominance on two of what is considered the strong man raw model.

  6. Meh, Idk man, I don't feel the need to go around and gesticulate to try to prove I "dominate the space im in".

    Its simply called having an ego and people with egos in my experience generally are far weaker emotionally. Id argue way more confident to be chill and comfortable just doing your thing not worrying about "gesticulating"

  7. That leprechaun is simple a clown but never a real fighter he has been beaten enough times and he should be going to the drawing board if he wants to continue in the UFC no more easy fights for him!

  8. Baseline, micro, macro lol what if the dudes just a basket case, mentally unstable freak or an incessant, compulsive liar? It's impossible to establish a baseline!

  9. Connor is desperate for a fight. Hes gonna get smashed by anyone he fights now khabib has finished him 4 life. Connors best option for a fight is go to old age pensioners home. Who ever fights him will take revenge for the old boy he punched. Bloody p—k smash him up like a chiken in the cage and pour the whisky bottle up his arse

  10. Usually very impressed with Charisma's breakdowns, but you didnt really talk about what Diaz did, besides beating McGregor, to break his confidence. There was almost no talk of Diaz at all. I feel that was an oversight.

  11. i just watched mcgregor's confidence breakdown before this video and it seems he's become more animated during interviews since then became more subtle after the loss to diaz

  12. Alot of Fighters after a First Loss Don't Really get that since of invincibility back
    Instead of them taking some tune up fights before a Rematch, they just jump right back into the Ring before they are ready.

  13. Blah, blah, blah, Connor, blah, blah..
    Don't waste your time watching this video. Just another scrapper, talking without substance, reaching no conclusions.

    Oh, and kids, no need to waste your time, watching random dinguses on you tube telling you how to be charismatic, popular, confident, attractive..
    Devote your time on something constructive, something that fulfills you; set daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, bicentennial, quinquennial goals and work towards the achievement of those goals; surround yourself with people who are positive to your growth and be kind to yourself and the people who have helped you.

    The rest will follow, money, success, recognision, happiness.

  14. lack of predictions and more vague "im gunna dig a deeper grave —> im gonna return the favor and ko nate in the second round" the narrorator is out to lunch in this video in my opinion.

  15. When you start to feel lonely and unwanted by a female, theres a 60 seconds or less way to boost your moral.

    First, lay down and relax, then imagine the most beautiful women you can, take your dominant hand and jack off.

    You instantly be relieved and stop thinking about that girl you want to be with, atleast for the next few hours or day.

    Your welcome.

  16. I don’t even have to watch this video to say nobody got in Conor’s head through his whole career but himself.
    But smart add Conor’s name to the video = views the UFC president couldn’t get in Conor’s head
    100 billion dollar net worth this comment flew over your head a little bit I understand. New champion means new favorite fighter for causal fans follow the leader

  17. Nate doesnt know what he is doing so how dafuq conor would know whats nate next move… Against khabib he knew that he would need to defend the takedowns which he failed

  18. You mean how Conor was not able to get into Nate's head because Nate has no brain. He doesn't play head games. That would require intelligence.

  19. Conor is done. He will fight maybe 2 more fights for $$$ but his loss of confidence and all that money killed that dog in him. He is already in retirement…mentally.

  20. Conor ruined the ufc for me. Loudmouth with no real talent.. All he's done in 2 years is lose. So he is just a loudmouthed loser.
    P. S. Anyone with their own name tattooed across their chest is a fookin douche. I would love to see gsp superman punch him right in the face before he gets strangled and taps.

  21. So it looks like this video was before the second fight. So something needs to be updated as far as your theory and opinion

  22. Mcgregor spoke of the Law of Attraction. In an earlier press conference he said that he was a god. This is the language of new age spirituality. Wicked, wicked stuff. He he declared that he was a god, I knew that was the end of him. He broke Commandment #1 in a big way. Tragic to watch an Irish guy reject the divinity of Jesus. He needs to repent.

  23. How Nate Diaz got in Conor’s head? He beat him up the first time duh. Useful info tho just the title’s a little misleading on what is spoken about in the video

  24. I don't think Nate got in his (Conner's) head at all, Nate knew Conner was NOT gonna hit as hard going up to TWO weight classes also Nate knew Conner's cardio had never been tested before against a bigger guy… Nate guessed right that's all

  25. Yes, finally Connor was matched with great, not good fighters and tapped. Yes, tapped. So freaking great. McGregor is washed up, I hope he comes back just so the world can watch him tap out again.

  26. Diaz never got inside Conor's head, he choked out a tire man. End of. Then Conor came back and beat a man 25lbs heavier than him, incredible achievement.

  27. Lesson learned here!!
    Conor has never been the same since. Nate looks the same given all his fights. Its Mental Strength.
    Doesn't matter who you are…. I preach this… RESPECT ALL PEOPLE!! Because if u are a bully, others
    see it. Plus the ones that see it know it. Your body gives off sooooo much true emotions but we forget that.
    Being mentally strong is much more important then being a Tough Guy. Look at Bruce Lee……… nuff said

  28. A man who has his own name tattoo'd on his chest can't be taken seriously. What a pathetic clown. And then he punched an elderly man in a pub because he refused to have a drink with him? Jeez…
    I'm disappointed that this channel thought Conor was ever "confident" rather than realize that he was a scared little sissy-boy who was just masking his fear with a ton of false bravado.

  29. So Nate got into his head by beating him? Could’ve just said that In The first 10 seconds of the vid. Still makes no sense

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