McGregor vs Diaz: Weigh-In Info, Top Comments Before UFC 196

McGregor vs. Diaz: Conor McGregor has become one of the top individual attractions in sports by talking a lot of trash and then backing it up in the Octagon. He faces a new challenge on Saturday night, as he moves up two divisions for a welterweight clash with Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

McGregor vs Diaz

It’s an intriguing battle in large part because Diaz returned from a yearlong absence to score a hard-fought victory over Michael Johnson in December. He’s lacked consistency in recent years, but that fight showed he may be trending back toward top form. The featherweight champion will test that progress.

Let’s check out all of the important information for Saturday’s marquee encounter. That’s followed by a look at the weigh-in results and a preview of the hyped matchup.

UFC 196 Details

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

When: Saturday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET

Watch: Pay-per-view

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Weigh-In Info
UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz Weigh-In Results
Fighter Conor McGregor Nate Diaz
Weight 168 169

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The biggest question heading into the fight is whether Diaz will attempt to survive a toe-to-toe slugfest with McGregor. The other, seemingly more probable, option is trying to slow the pace in the hope he can find an opening to go for a submission.

Elias Cepeda of Fox Sports passed along comments the American made about his approach during an interview with KXTV in his native California. As you’d expect, he didn’t provide many specifics.

“The game plan is to go in there, pfff pff, hit him with some good s–t, don’t get hit and come home with a pocket full of cash,” Diaz said. “I’ve got my team with me. I got all the boys. [I’m] ready to try and get the job done.”

For the sake of entertainment, hopefully Diaz is in all-out attack mode and withstands the initial barrage from McGregor. That’s something Jose Aldo couldn’t do against the Irishman, who scored a knockout just 13 seconds into the featherweight unification bout in December.

Reed Kuhn of Fightnomics provided the numbers behind what could become a fast-paced brawl:

McGregor vs Diaz
McGregor doesn’t believe his opponent is ready for the big moment, though. Mike Bohn of Rolling Stone provided the polarizing superstar’s thoughts on what he’s seen from the typically boisterous Diaz. The answer is a lack of assertiveness.

“I sense a different Nate, I think it’s clear as day,” McGregor said. “He’s not himself, he’s timid, his voice is quivering, but I still have respect for him. But ring the bell and I’m coming out fast, I’m coming out spinning and his head is coming off. I think our speed difference is going to be really, really evident.”

If the fight is that simple and he scores another convincing victory, the next step would be trying to figure out what’s on the horizon in terms of giving him a serious foe.

One extremely long-shot idea that’s been floated out there is fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. The undefeated boxer retired last year, but John Kavanagh, McGregor’s coach, believes it’s something that would create a massive amount of revenue, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

“I think it would be incredible,” Kavanagh said. “From us, it’s a ‘yes’—whether it’s boxing, kickboxing or MMA, it’s a yes from us. It would be insane. What an honor it would be. A record-breaking event. The best MMA fighter versus the best boxer. Let’s do it.”The mainstream interest is undoubtedly there, which translates into big bucks. And the build up to the fight would be nothing short of amazing. But nobody should get their hopes up.

Mayweather built his 49-0 through tremendous boxing ability but also smart business sense. He always preferred the known over the unknown in terms of opponents. McGregor would represent the ultimate unknown, and all the pressure would be on Money.

But as unlikely as a bout between the two is, it’s something fun to think about.

For now, McGregor must focus on the task at hand. He’s moving up a couple of weight classes, and Diaz is a dangerous, well-rounded opponent despite losing three of his past five fights.

While it’s still a bout the featherweight champion should win, it could be a little trickier than it seems on paper. Some drama would only add to what should be a great atmosphere.

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What to watch for at UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

Just because Conor McGregor won’t fight for a title at UFC 196 on Saturday doesn’t mean the co-main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be any less interesting. Enter Nate Diaz. The unconstrained 30-year-old fighter from Northern California becomes the next combatant to seek to end Irishman McGregor’s UFC dominance.Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor 

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz

Diaz was tapped last week to replace lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who injured his foot in training and withdrew from the contest. McGregor, who holds the featherweight crown and has won all seven of his UFC bouts, sought to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two different divisions simultaneously.

The main card gets underway Saturday at 10 p.m. ET and is available on pay-per view ($50 for standard-definition and $60 in high-definition through major cable and satellite providers or via UFC.tv)

Why watch?

The main card does have one title fight: the co-main event bout between women’s welterweight champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate.

This will be Holm’s first title defense since her stunning knockout victory of Ronda Rousey in November. Diaz vs McGregor

Holm (10-0-0), who is a former champion pro boxer, made her UFC debut a year ago and has won her first three bouts. Tate (17-5-0) has won four consecutive fights since her loss to Rousey in December 2013.

Tate has more than double the number of MMA matches to her credit and more experience on the mat. (Holm has not been put on her back in the octagon by another fighter.) Noted striking coach Gil Martinez told MMAjunkie that Tate could make Holm’s reign atop the division a short one with a well-timed fist, elbow, knee or kick.

Any other reason to tune in?

If the talk leading up the fight is any indication, McGregor vs. Diaz should be entertaining.

Diaz (19-10-0) has accused McGregor (19-2-0) of using steroids, a claim McGregor denied last week with one of several expletive-filled lines at a news conference.

Then there’s the fact that McGregor isn’t just moving up one weight class like he was originally scheduled, but two divisions (and 25 pounds) to the 170-pound cutoff in welterweight.

McGregor brushed aside talk that the jump would give him issues, although Diaz begged to differ.

“You fight midgets,” Diaz said. “Knocked out three midgets and you’re pumped up.”

Who is on the rest of the main card?

Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Anything else?

UFC’s weigh-ins aren’t just perfunctory, but can provide some drama. The jawing between fighters — which was on display between McGregor and Diaz at their news conference last week — could make Friday’s weigh-in (7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) worth a look.

Conor McGregor hits out at Nate Diaz during UFC 196 weigh-in

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz: Nate Diaz looks like he might have a sore wrist ahead of his UFC 196 fight with Conor McGregor.

The pair had a press conference ahead of their welterweight bout, and it quickly descended in to a scuffle as the two fighters went for each other.
Both are clearly chomping at the bit to go at each other, and McGregor appeared to have an issue with Diaz putting his arms up in front of his face. McGregor vs Diaz.

A clear shot from the Irishman on his opponent’s wrist may well have hurt the 30-year-old, and even Diaz’s brother, Nick, waded in to support his sibling in the aftermath.Afterwards, McGregor joked that Diaz’s wrist ‘will never be the same’, although that sort of comment will probably be much more accurate after the fight.

They will get to face each other properly on Saturday night in Las Vegas – and here’s everything you need to know about the fight.

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Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz: 11 things you need to know ahead of UFC 196 fight

Conor McGregor vs Nate DiazMcGregor and Diaz are poised to get it on this weekend as the Notorious makes his first bow in the welterweight division.It might not be the fight he wanted, but Conor McGregor is back in action this weekend against the dangerous Nate Diaz.

McGregor was supposed to be vying against Rafael Dos Anjos to become the first man to hold UFC championships in two weight divisions, but the Brazilian pulled out of the fight due to a broken foot.

McGregor vs Diaz

But the show goes on and McGregor has stepped up another weight class to 170lbs in order to face Diaz.

The fight takes place this weekend in what will be one of McGregor’s toughest tests to date.

Here is all you need to know McGregor vs Diaz

1. When is the fight?
The fight takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning this weekend, March 6.

 

2. What time is the fight?
McGregor and Diaz are scheduled to start their fight at 5am British time as the headline event on the card.

Also on show is Holly Holm’s women’s bantamweight crown defence against Meisha Tate, which will begin shortly after 4am.

3. Where is the fight?
Like most of the UFC’s big name events, the fight will be taking place in Las Vegas at the iconic MGM Grand Arena.

4. How can I watch it?
Subscribers to BT Sport in the UK will be able to watch the fight with live uninterrupted footage from the whole of the UFC 196 event.

Fear not if you can’t get to a TV, we will have a live blog right here on Mirror Sport.

5. When is the weigh-in?
McGregor will take to the scales on Friday night, March 4.

While the weigh-in is at 7:00pm local time, it will be at midnight for those of us in the UK.

6. Have they met before?
The pair have not met in the past.

7. McGregor’s record

Conor McGregor record
19
Wins

2
Losses

17
Knockouts (including TKO

8. Diaz’s record
Nate Diaz record
18
Wins

10
Losses

4
Knockouts (including TKO)

9. What’s on the line?
Diaz stepped in for the injured Rafael dos Anjos at the last minute, meaning that this welterweight fight is not for any championship.

10. Quote corner
Conor McGregor: “I’m involved in absolutely everything to do with this. I created this. I thought I was in his hometown, this is the west coast but listen to the crowd for me. Nate was the leading option. There were many, many options but in reality, lots of people pretended they wanted the fight until the fight actually presented itself.

“Frankie [Edgar] never shut up. And when he was given a phone call and a date, he hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Jose [Aldo] also. Jose was in camp, apparently preparing in case Dos Anjos pulled out and all of a sudden, [Rafael] Dos Anjos pulls out with his bruised foot and Jose isn’t fit.
Even Nate tried to exit the fight cleanly. The first discussion was the money issue, we resolved that. Then he could only make 160, then 165 so I told him ‘get comfortable, you can make 170’ and we’re gonna fight. I look forward to it.

“Really, I should create my own belt. Because I am my own belt. It’s the McGregor belt. Featherweight to lightweight to welterweight, it’s the McGregor belt so that’s it.”

Nate Diaz: “I came to fight, they asked me to fight and I said yes from the beginning, so whatever problems they had, I dunno. I came ready to fight. Any weight class, it didn’t matter. There was no hesitation on my part, I was ready to rock the whole time. I said that months ago.

 

11. Betting odds
McGregor is the overwhelming favourite to win the fight and can be found at 2/9 with Unibet.

Fancy an upset? Well Diaz is 10/3 to come out victorious.

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/

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