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Ahead of McGregor rematch, UFC's Nate Diaz backs plans for Hawaii bout

UFC fighter Nate Diaz at Island Jiu-Jitsu on Oahu UFC fighter Nate Diaz at Island Jiu-Jitsu on Oahu
Diaz talks with fans gathered to watch a jiu-jitsu seminar Diaz talks with fans gathered to watch a jiu-jitsu seminar
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

When Nate Diaz upset Conor McGregor by rear naked choke at UFC 196 last month, he did so despite having had just 11 days to train for the fight. 

With a rematch at UFC 200 in Las Vegas not scheduled until July 9, Diaz finds himself with more time to prepare... As well as a little time to unwind. 

"I found out [UFC 200] was going down and then I left. I came here immediately," said Diaz, who is vacationing on Oahu ahead of his second fight with McGregor. "I was like, 'I better go chill in Hawaii before it gets too serious.' Camp will probably start when I get back home." 

That timeline didn't stop Diaz from putting in some advance work while in Hawaii; the welterweight held a seminar last week at Island Jiu-Jitsu in Puck's Alley, where he and owner Jason Vigil have collaborated in the past.

"{We're] working together to bring the people of Hawaii something cool, something different," said Vigil. "It's an honor. I'm honored. The last time he came, before the Conor fight, it was an honor then." 

Diaz is no stranger to Hawaii. His brother Nick has fought in events staged in the Blaisdell -- "I came and I cornered him, and it was some of the funnest times I had growing up" -- and he's close with Waianae's Yancy Medeiros.

Diaz says he fully supports efforts championed by another local UFC fighter, featherweight Max Holloway, to bring a UFC bout to Hawaii. Given the opportunity, he even says he wouldn't mind bringing the 'Stockton Slap' to Aloha Stadium.

"If we could get some fights out here, that would be the best, you know," Diaz told Hawaii News Now. "The best weather, the biggest fight fans. Everybody is great, every time I come, everybody is all about UFC here. So it would be cool to have a fight show here, and I would love to be on it."

For now, Diaz has one focus: his rematch with McGregor. If and when the time comes, however, he says he is ready to help make it happen.

"I'm definitely pushing the UFC Hawaii movement," said Diaz. "Hopefully it will come sooner rather than later."

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