The lead-up to UFC 202 is hitting fever pitch with less than a month before fans see UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and welterweight Nate Diaz in the Octagon for the second time. While the Nate Diaz camp has not been as loud, the McGregor camp, on the other hand, has been jabbing trash talk and predictions from left and right.
McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh made a round four TKO prediction and some fans have also weighed in their thoughts. Some even (almost) to Nate Diaz’s face, like these McGregor fans featured in the Jimmy Kimmel show.
The featherweight champ also chimed in during a conference call ahead of UFC 202-where McGregor predicts a Diaz KO in 2 rounds. Though he did acknowledge Diaz’s win in the first fight, the Notorious is confident that he will make the welterweight fighter struggle to even reach the third round.
“I did go out to KO him in the first round. I can say that. I marched forward and backed him up against the fence and teed off on his head. I did what I said I would do. But respect to him, he stood out, he’s durable, he’s experienced, he weathered the storm. “, said McGregor about his encounter with Diaz in UFC 196 during a conference call for UFC 202.
“This time, I’m still going to march forward, I’m still going to press him, I’m still going to bust him. There’s just going to be a lot more in my tank. I’m just going to be a lot more prepared for a man who can stay in there with me, but even still, I struggle to give him past round three. If I was to make a prediction, which I will right now, I believe I will repay the favor and KO him inside the second round.” he added during the conference call.
A full version of the phone interview can be accessed below:
But even if McGregor predicts a Diaz KO in 2, there’s always round one for Diaz (again).
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