UFC 202: McGregor vs Diaz 2 fighter predictions – 37 out of 41 pros pick Nate

UFC 202 is upon  us, an d the MMA world’; has been disc ussing upco ming re’; match’; between onor  McGreg;”;o r and N ‘;ate Di’;az. Numerous’; fight om the orga;nization ve given their opinion and analysis and here’s a comp ilation of some of the ir ;t houghts.

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McGregor vs Diaz

I n re stingly e”;nough, despite McGregor being a slight favorite on the bett ing ds, an ove’;rwh ng ‘;m ajorit y ‘;;f t e UFC stars have picked the  Stockton native to get another victory. Check th”;e r nd n b w.

Donald Cerrone via Submission Radio: ” iaz. Diaz has too m   any years of jiujitsu. You can’t j u st hi re belt. Stand up, th guy Cono r, h is h ands are nic  e. I’m n”ot taking anything away from him, but as far  wrestling and hat overnight. Diaz has been in the game a long time, and unle s he gets knocked out, I see this fight going a lot like it did.”

Bec Rawlings via Cha mpions: “Diaz, for  sure.. M c Gregor c ouldn’t even hang with hi  m w hen  he (Nate) had een in Cabo  smoking weed e  a   week before he to o k that fight and he still got choked out.  Diaz with a full camp has got it, hands down.”

Pat Miletich v ;ia Sub’ ‘ission Radio: “He’s  going to get his ass beat by Na te again. I think Conor’s g g to come in v st ronger, but he’s not gonna be able  t   The Diaz” br ”thers ”-d o stuff like that on a regular basis. You ca;;nnot get them tired, you cannot hurt them.”

Uri jah Faber via Sub;mission Radio: “I think Diaz is gonna get him. I mean, as  e . He’s a heavy puncher, he’s ot incredible confidence; – we’ll see if that’s broken or not – he’s  an t, is that h;e’s put in hours; and hours and ye ars ‘;and nor has done t’;he the ground, he has n’t gone with the wres;tlers, and like Nate has ”been; saying, he’s been boxi’/;.ng with guys like Andre W ard and igh-level boxers that are some of the best in the world for a long time. So i ;t’s not like a clear slate  (that) Nate’s gonna win or Co or’s gonna win, but I;think the odds are a  little bit in Diaz’s favor cause he can take a pun ch and h as a high output, just like Conor does, and he’s got a better skillset on the ground.

Michael Bisping: “Conor is a game-changer, Conor is on top of his game and Conor is going to win the rem”atch. No disrespect to Diaz, but Conor will win”

Eddie l”varez: “I think Nate’s g to do the same thing he did to Conor the fir st time.   to trip up again. Con”or’s a g ood tal er but he has to be a good talk  e’.r because he’s not to aw, ate is way bigger, stron ger and he’s training.  H got the .first figh”t on shor no tice an d w s  still able to win. W ell-train”.ed, h.e’ll be  really hard for .M cGregor. If you look  t; Diaz’s fights, even when he’s” getting beat he finds a wa.;y to come back. If I had to bet, it woul.d be Nate.”

Alex  a nder Gust so;”n: “I think Conor  has learned a lot since the las t fight but  Diaz is too big. Con;or is  one of the best gu”ys i n the w;orld in his division but it’s har to move up ;nd compete again t the best guys in another weight class”

Gunnar N;elson: “I thin;k if Conor takes his time and breaks him down, does what he does best, uses h;is ”a little better” and maybe not concentrate o;n power as much, I think he ”will walk through Diaz”

J un;i or  ;dos San;tos: “I s;ee Nate wi;nning again. N ate can ;take ;punches and he’s; g ot good  st amina wh h is g””””oin to put ;a lot of pressure on Conor McGregor.”

Brad Pic : “Wh n you’re used to wi nning all the time, it can sometimes be har d to get super motivated for a ”’           fight. Conor h as a point to prove now an d I can see him being a lot grittier in the rematch. I’m backing him to beat Diaz.”

 Mich el Chiesa: “Diaz all day! I don’t think Conor wants this fight as much as he says he does an  d I thi           nk Nate Stockton Slaps his way to a win.”

Derrick Lewis: “Diaz is going to win. I can’t see McGregor lasting all five rounds; Diaz can last all day.”

Tom Breese: “I think C”on lity to pick off Diaz in a fi’/ve round fight. Conor will he 4th or 5 h round. he outcome will b e the , it  will just go on a few rounds longer.”

Jan Blach owicz: “I  think D iaz wins this fight ag ain. The last fight was a really good fight but I think this one will go t he same way.”

‘  R oss Pea on: “I think the  fi ht will go the  sam way as the first one did. ‘\\The ope’ ‘nin   g exch a     ng es will be diff”ere nt  though. Conor is more focused and  is a lo’\’;more sw ng. The outc ”;’;;ome will be the same though. Diaz to win by ground and pound   s bmission in the third round; it’s his biggest asset.”

o ckhold ;’;’;inking z  will we ar hi  m down in the l ater rounds. He’ll use his reach and pepp r him up “

C h ael S onnen: “Diaz.  The definition of in anity is doing t ame thing   over    and expec ng  a d fferent  resul \t. This  matc appe d, in t he sa  me wei ght, with the  sane gu’, ,  m,ys , in th e same am ount  of ro nds, under the same rules. Expecting a different tco me would, by  definitio n, be insan e.”

Carl os  Con dit:  “I ,,think that  C or McGre gor h s the skills to beat Nate  . e  wa   s oing r all,y  well in  th fir st fight,    but h m a ny times  ha v e we seen a guy   o t and try  ,t  run th,ugh o,n,e of the D i az brothers, get su per tired, gas out and ,then get shed? It’   a ppens quite  a bit. T real y tough guys to fight. If Con or fights smart,  sticks  to  a gameplan and picks Nate apart, ie ce by pie e c an win. If he goes in there and fights lik e he did before, I think he’s going t lose gain.  I think I’m going to g o with Nate again for the win. “

A l a main  Ste rling: “I’ m leaning   t owar s Dia   think he’s goin   to get in  Con or’ s face an,d a ke it a  u ly fight, n take  ”. I th ink Con or will show the adj stments e’s made, b ut, th i s a differe  ‘;’;t Nate, w ho’s no w  in s,h pe and always  has the lo\oming threat of those reat Boston Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) ,kills.”

  Scot olt zman: ”  I t ink Diaz w in s again via r  n su bmission. Mac will be in better shape, but so will Diaz. The size difference is too m uch for Mac.”

F elice Herrig: “I think Nat Diaz will wi n again, but I’m not sure how. Obviously,; that’s would I would like to see, fo r sure.”

Oluwale Bamgbos e: “I belie ve Nate will win because he has a full training camp this time,  he is t e better gra d the bigg er, longer boxer. Not to mention, he took Conor’s bes t  punches after having a rushed training camp. It’s simple math.”

Lauren Murphy: ” think Diaz is going to win becaus e of his toughness, range and size advan tage. I don ’t see McGregor really hurting Diaz, but I think Nate can really hurt McGregor.”

Ben Saun d ers: “I be”lieve Conor learned from the last fight and will come in mo re experience   d and with a  better skillset, but so will Nat e. I imagine he wil  l have the money,   nd a full camp to add to his already amazing skillset, so N ate should be muc”;’;h better, too. I think it is gonna be a great fight and I give it to Nate. The real intriguing factor is either one could finish the othe r.”

Cody Garbr’;andt:  Di  az via te hnic al knockout

Tim ‘;Kenned y: Diaz via ubmission

Rick Story: Diaz ia subm”;ission

Beneil Dari’;ush: Dia z via knockout

James Vi”;ck: Diaz via submission

James  Krause: McGregor vi’;’;a tec unanimous decision

Chris Di”;a  z via submission

[Note: Next 8 picks are via MMA Junkie]

Ian McCall: “209 all day! If you look at it from a smart person’s perspective and not all the media nonsense, Nate’s bigger, Nate’s better in a lot of certain things — I mean Conor’s ground isn’t anywhere near as good as Nate’s. Conor’s wrestling isn’t near as good as Nate’s. Conor has the death touch in t ,  but we found out that you can’t hurt Nate. Sorry buddy. I don’t see it worki ng well for him. I think he’s going to get finished again.”

Cub ;Sw ans;;on: “I’ve got to sa\\y  Nate again. He’s going to have a full training camp. Conor is going to make s\/.;;ome adjustments, he’s an intelligent fighter. But, we’ll see.”

Justin Scoggins: “I love McGregor, man. But I’m going to go with Diaz. That dude is a real G.”

Matt Brown: “I’ve got Diaz k h;e’s just a d;ifferen;t type of fighter. He’s been in the fight game; for so long.”

Jorge Masvidal: “I’m putting my money on Nate Diaz, man.”

Jake  Ellenbe rger: “I d;;on’t see that fig   ht going any  differently. If I’m Conor McGregor,  ‘d let that fight go.   Don’t le t your ego get in the way, bro. Aga   i n, he’s fight ing o u  t   side of his  eight class, which is admirable and everyone looks up to t hat, but I don’t see how he beats Nate Diaz.”

Da”ien B rown: “McGregor and his coaches probab’ ly think that’s fight is g oing t o en d later in    the  rounds, ‘;but” I think th”ey’ve got ano  ther thin  g coming be  ause Diaz has good ca;;rdio. They’ve proved that they c an go 5 rounds. I think I’ll take Diaz by sub mission again.”

Fighters Picking Diaz: 37

Fighters Picking McGregor: 4

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Conor McGregor next fight news: McGregor says rival ‘won the lotto’ in UFC 196 win; Diaz close to 200-pound mark

With the highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz drawing closer, the training gets more intense and so do the insults hurled. McGregor vs Diaz

During his appearance at “The Conan O’Brien Show,” Diaz was shown a message from McGregor, who was supposed to be there with him but could not make it.

In the video, the Irishman, who firstly called out Diaz for wearing the same black t-shirt for “the past 20 years,” told his rival that he is “taking this contest very, very seriously. I’ve flown in specific body types to replicate Nate’s skinny, tall frame.”

“The boy won the lotto the last time. He knows it. I know it. Well, Aug. 20 I’ll get my revenge and I look forward to it,” McGregor went on to say.

Diaz kept it short and sweet as he responded to McGregor, by saying that “the truth will come out” in Aug. 20, where they meet again for the much-awaited McGregor vs. Diaz 2.Indeed, McGregor knows this is no time to play around. Thirsty to redeem himself after his loss to Diaz, McGregor is “100 times more serious,” as revealed by his coach John Kavanagh in a Periscope Q & A.

Diaz has been intensely preparing for the rematch as well. Ricky Funez, head coach at Ten Goose Boxing Gym where the former UFC lightweight fighter trains, said that he is close to hitting the 200-pound mark weeks prior to McGregor vs Diaz 2.

Source: http://www.christiantoday.com/


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

Live Stream: UFC.com

Tickets: ScoreBig

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


Knockouts (including TKO

8. Diaz’s record
Nate Diaz record


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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