The Moment Nate Diaz's Emotions Change Dramatically After A Huge Left From Conor McGregor
The frightening power and accuracy of Conor McGregor's trademark left hand was on show at UFC 202's highly anticipated main event in 2016; just ask his opponent, Nate Diaz.
McGregor, eager to revenge the defeat suffered against Diaz at UFC 196, gave his tricky opponent an early warning in the opening seconds, a brutal left hand that left 'The Stockton Slugger' uneasy on his feet at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
It was a sign of things to come.
With just 1:56 left of round one, a relaxed Diaz appeared to be in control, flailing his arms in the air as if to say: 'c'mon show me what you've got.'
But seconds later, a fired up McGregor threw a huge overhand left, rocking his opponent to the point where his emotions completed changed in a matter of seconds.
Diaz quickly rearranged his stance and approach, covering up after the thunderous punch landed flush on his chin.
McGregor nods his head in appreciation and Diaz quickly backs up after realising the power of his opponent.
Former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor has never been one to shy away from speaking about his famous left hand.
In fact, he once explained why his left is the best in the business after putting away the likes of Eddie Alvarez, Jose Aldo and Dustin Poirier.
"No one's work is clean like my work." McGregor told GQ Style.
"My shots are clean. My shots are precise. Look at Nate. Nate was 200 pounds. When I hit him down, it was exactly like if a sniper took aim at someone in between their eyeballs and let the thing rip.
"The way he dropped, it was like a sack of shit. So that's a power I have."
In addition to his own claims, Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi, who was the long-time trainer for the legendary Georges St-Pierre, has said that McGregor's left hand is like the "touch of death."
"I think it's partly genetic." he told The Joe Rogan Experience:
"He's got that left hand, it's the touch of death. That touch of death comes at a cost.
"Where does power come from? Number one on the list is where your muscle is attached to the bone. It's genetic.
"So, Mike Tyson, he has a powerful left hook not because his coach taught him how to hit a left hook.
"He could have hit a left hook like that if he had a mediocre trainer."