Nate Diaz will beat Conor McGregor again.
This was the bold prediction that Andre Pederneiras made when he was interviewed regarding the rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor at UFC 200 in July.
“It will be tougher than the first one. I think Conor will control more his impulse to get the knockout so he doesn’t gas again, but even if he wins, which I don’t think will happen, his way smaller than the athletes in this division, and I’m not talking about the champion,” Pederneiras said in an interview published in MMA Fighting “For example, a fight between him and Demian (Maia), who is a big guy for the division since he came from 185 pounds, Conor’s chances at defeating guys in this division are really low.”
The rematch between Diaz and McGregor have been booked for UFC 200 in July at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the same pay-per-view, his ward Jose Aldo will also figure in a rematch with Frankie Edgar at featherweight for the interim title. Aldo scored a unanimous decision win over Edgar at UFC 156. The winner of that rematch will earn a shot at McGregor next.
“We were expecting the fight with Conor but we can’t live to mourn. Aldo has a date and a fight booked, and it’s for the interim belt, so let’s work to win this title and fight Conor again,” Pederneiras said “Both fighters have evolved a lot since UFC 156. It’s going to be interesting to see how they both prepare for each other in this new fight.”
The Brazilian former featherweight champion reigned supreme in the division between 2009 and 2015 and Pederneiras believes that his bout with Edgar should have been for the undisputed belt since McGregor is healthy and cleared to compete, but insists fighting outside the division.
Nevertheless, Pederneiras did not complain about the interim tag. “Our goal is the title. Like we made clear previously, we would only fight for the title, and that’s what’s happening now.”
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