UFC 202 will feature Conor McGregor against Nate Diaz in what people call a spectacular rematch as both fighters have already weighed-in and are getting ready for fight night. McGregor is coming into this fight for redemption while Diaz goes all out to gain the respect that he deserves.
Fireworks are sure to be in place as both fighters aim for respect and glory inside the Octagon at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The pre-fight press conference already dictated the tempo of the match as UFC president Dana White stated that lawsuits will follow after the bout, which McGregor calls personal to him.
This will be redemption at McGregor’s end as he hopes to eliminate the ghost of UFC 196 wherein he lost via submission. He called the loss a fluke and stated that he was not totally prepared for the fight and aims to show fight fans how at UFC 202 how it has made him a total package fighter.
MMA Fighting noted that the feisty Irishman weighed in at 168 lbs., that shows the results of his costly training that brought him and his team to Dublin, Iceland and to Las Vegas. Despite losing their first meeting, McGregor comes to the fight still as the betting favorite to win the match at -129 according to UFC.com. He vows to beat Diaz to set up a third match to determine who the best fighter among them is.
“I have to get a lot of business to handle after this fight,” McGregor said. “But make no mistake; it will be a trilogy fight down the line. It won’t be straight away but we will do it down the line.”
Diaz, who comes into the fight at 170 lbs., is out to prove that he is no fluke and that what happened at UFC 196 will have a repeat performance to prove his point. He may not have the odds in his favor at +109 but he likes his chances just like what happened during their first meeting.
Diaz is set to his height advantage in the fight to pull McGregor off his timing inside the Octagon. He must not be too cocky about this fight as the Irishman is determined to knock him out. Diaz needs to land those punches early in the match to keep McGregor guessing about what he will do next.
UFC 202: McGregor vs. Diaz 2 can be seen via live stream at FS1 with the preliminary bouts starting at 8 p.m. E.T. while UFC Fight Pass will air also air the bout at an earlier time slot at 6:30 p.m. E.T.
It will surely be a grudge match when McGregor takes on Diaz in their much-anticipated rematch. All the drama and hype has made it a very interesting bout. UFC got lucky that none of the main card fighters have been flagged down by USADA yet.
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