I saw in a recent post someone said that Conor wasn't smart enough to manage his energy versus Nate Diaz or Floyd and this is why he lost those fights. I thought it was strange that Conor did this in the first Nate fight.. because it was so counter to his gameplan in other fights. Even though he is always aggressive in these fights he seemed much more aggressive than normal. Even in the second fight against Nate he was still super aggressive and tried to knock him out again. If Conor hadn't done this in both fights I think he could have won decisions much more easily because he would have never been in danger of gassing which played right into Nate's style as well as Floyd. But I believe there is much more to this. I think Conor is looking at the long term goal not the short term one. Let's look at Nate... Nate is a good fighter who is ultra conservative and has a very conservative style. But look how much money he made before beating Conor... It was a joke. So which is smarter.... to have the kamikaze style of Conor and risk losing a battle here and there but ultimately dominate the war like he has or to play it safe like Nate and others and hurt yourself horribly long term? Floyd is also a perfect example of this. This guy takes ZERO risks in fights and he is despised and has boring fights. Great record but boring fights. I think Conor saw these guys who are so concerned about losing fights that it made them boring fighters... and he understands the big picture much better than they do. It also seems to fit his personality. But this also shows how ridiculous it is when people attack Conor for playing it safe at times. It's not enough for him to fight kamikaze style... and to fight a much bigger fighter in Nate at a bigger weight... and to take fights on short notice etc... but then they trash him for tapping versus Nate. Nate who is the ultimate safe fighter and never takes risks... You don't see him fighting guys much bigger or fighting a kamikaze style. So again it's just massive hypocrisy. I also think Conor knows that taking risks like he does will make him an even greater fighter down the road and playing it too safe has hurt other fighters development. But remember too that taking risks doesn't mean he has to fight stupid and risk his career as well.