Nate Diaz defends Conor McGregor, Maycee Barber out & Dustin Poirier retired?

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Nate Diaz defended Conor McGregor's UFC 303 pull out

THE NEWS: Nate Diaz spoke to MMA Junkie about his former opponent's UFC 303 pull out and he defended the decision not to fight. “I think it was just a minor thing,” Diaz said. “I think they made a bigger deal out of it than it is. Good idea. If I get f*cked up, I would like to push the fight back too, but people f*cking freak out. I think I wouldn’t want to fight until I’m 100 percent ready to rock too, because in the past I’ve done all kinds of sh*t I shouldn’t have done."

He continued, “So, I think he learned from experience and all these inexperienced people out there talking sh*t, just speaking for their inexperience. They’re going to have to deal with the criticism until the fight gets done, but I think it’ll happen and it’ll all be good.”

MY THOUGHTS: WOW. I'm actually shocked here and that doesn't happen all that often. Everyone and their mother is taking a shot at McGregor and I wrote about how I don't think that's the right take to make. Everything Diaz said just backed all that up the points I have been making. But having that stuff coming from a high-level, well-respected fighter (and a former enemy of Conor McGregor) means so much more.

Maycee Barber out of UFC Denver, Tracy Cortez in to face Rose Namajunas

THE NEWS: Maycee Barber is out of her main event slot for UFC Denver and the UFC is working on getting Tracy Cortez in to face Rose Namajunas.

MY THOUGHTS: It's a bummer that Barber is out, she has ties to Denver and would have been a great fight for her in front of friends and family but Tracy Cortez vs. Rose Namajunas will be an incredible fight too.

Did Dustin Poirier finally announce retirement?

THE NEWS: Dustin Poirier sent Twitter into a panic when he tweeted what appeared to be a farewell to MMA. He wrote "Been toe 2 toe with the best of em. Grateful for the journey." He followed that tweet up with clarification about 10 hours later. "That wasn't a retirement tweet. I'm just grateful for the journey, but I'm still unsure about what's next."

MY THOUGHTS: I don't want Poirier to retire, ever. I know it will happen eventually but for now, I want him to stick around. i don't think he's over yet and I'd like to see him go out on a win on a card in Louisiana. He deserves it.