Why Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz is a Thrilling Match + Fight Prediction


It really is an amazing time to be a Mixed-Martial-Arts fan. After Bellator’s 2.3 rating (and the fantastically mediocre Kimbo-Dada fight), it's time for the UFC to remind us why they're the premiere MMA organisation. Considering the events taking place in the upcoming weeks, you can tell they're trying. This Saturday, UFC will have a historic event at a sold out O2 Arena, with a main event (Silva vs. Bisping) I can't wait to see. However, every fan is really dying to see UFC 196! Holm vs. Tate will be an intense, physical championship match, and Dos Anjos vs. McGregor will be an amazing contest. At least it was supposed to be. After suffering an injury (broken foot), Dos Anjos has pulled out of the fight. Who got the call to fight Conor? Nate Diaz! The match is set, and I actually can't wait to see it;here's why:


First off, let's talk about why Diaz was the guy. I was super excited to see Dos Anjos vs. McGregor. It was probably going to be Conor's toughest fight to date. And I genuinely believe it could be a 'fight of the year' contender. However, things happen. If the guy has a broken foot, I don't expect him to get in the octagon with somebody as dangerous as The Notorious. So that left us with four fighters to possibly sign the deal on short notice: Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, "Cowboy" Cerrone and Nate Diaz.


Edgar and Aldo are both injured and therefore, out of the equation. That left us with Cowboy and Diaz. Now, you could make an argument for both guys. Cerrone just won his last fight without a scratch, and he's in great shape. However, he has loses to both Dos Anjos and Nate. Plus, as much as I love Cowboy, the real money fight was Conor vs. Diaz. Their styles and personalities match up perfectly. So I do believe the UFC made the smartest choice by picking Diaz. And if you still had any doubts, they probably faded away after the press conference.


Seriously, these guys are already making magic, and they didn't even step in the octagon. Both of them are professional sh*t talkers! And while you can tell they respect each other, it definitely was one of the most hate-fueled pre-fight press conferences ever. Conor called Nate a "cholo gangsta from the hood," and Diaz replied by claiming that everybody in the UFC (including McGregor) is on steroids. The atmosphere was amazing, both fighters were going at each other's throats, and the fans were loving it. That's exactly how I believe the actual contest will be.


Time for the big question, how will the fight go? Well, it's a hard question. There are so many factors to consider. I can tell you with all the confidence in the world that it'll be a massive brawl. A massive, fun brawl. People will buy the PPV just to see these two warriors go to war for 5 rounds. While I do think that Nate has an advantage on the ground (Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt), it'll probably be a 90% stand-up contest. And that's another thing to consider: Conor is moving up two weight classes to make sure Nate is 'comfortable'. So it'll be on the welterweight division (170 pounds).


How well will McGregor adapt to the weight class? I'm not sure. It'll be the first time he ever fights at 170. Technically, it should benefit him. He should be able to keep his speed and power without having to cut weight;but you never know. Assuming both guys go in without any major issues, I have my money on Conor. While you can't underestimate Nate's cardio and ferocity, he doesn't like to strike with full power. So I feel like Conor won't be afraid to be the aggressor, cutting angles and using his speed and kicks to set up that mean left hand. Both of them have iron chins, but don't be surprised if a knock-out happens. I do respect the crap out of both guys, but I predict The Notorious one will stop Diaz at the end of the second round. I can't wait to see this!


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