Conor McGregor v Nate Diaz
This is without a doubt the most anticipated rematch in UFC history. Did Diaz ‘win the lottery’ that night as McGregor claims or is he actually the better fighter? All will be answered come Sunday. McGregor is 7-1 in the UFC, knocking out all seven of his previous opponents prior to Diaz. Dana White described McGregor as ‘obsessed’ with the rematch and neither himself or McGregor’s coach wanted him to fight Diaz again but when you’re Conor McGregor, you call the shots.
The first fight was crazy – McGregor stormed out, backed Diaz up and teed off on him in the first round. It looked as if it was only a matter of time before Diaz was going to be KO’d. Then, the unthinkable happened, McGregor completely gassed out in the 2nd Round and Diaz started to land his shots. McGregor had no choice but to shoot for a takedown – but by doing so he fell right into Diaz’s trap and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt duly choked him out.
Five months later we go again – same weight, same venue, but will it be the same result?
HOW THE FIGHT WILL GO
McGregor promises to adopt the same approach as he always does coming out ultra-aggressive and backing his opponent up and looking for the knockout. McGregor will have to fight a lot smarter this time around and needs to conserve as much energy as he can for the later rounds, given that Diaz has a great chin and has only been knocked out once.
Diaz usually gets better as the fight goes on and has insane cardio, so it’s very unlikely he will tire at all in the fight and this should be key to victory. While McGregor’s key attributes are movement and striking, Diaz is good on his feet and with his height (four inches) and reach advantage (two inches), should pose McGregor problems in closing the distance/landing his big shots.
With this in mind, the key to the fight looks to be how much McGregor has improved his conditioning. Can he keep up his relentless pace from the first round to the fifth if required? His past suggests not – he’s only gone the distance once in his MMA career (in a three round fight). If this goes beyond round three, McGregor will be in unfamiliar territory and given how quickly he gassed last time out, that doesn’t look good for him.
Diaz, on the other hand, has gone the distance 11 times and with his amazing cardio, he should be able to keep the pace up round after round.
This one then looks to be a repeat of the previous fight – McGregor will land his shots early but will tire as the fight goes on and Diaz will pick him apart on the feet and KO him or take him to the ground and make him tap AGAIN.
Nate Diaz to win by KO or Submission ($2.63)