With UFC 202 just a few days away, fight experts, fans and analysts are starting to weigh in with their predictions for the main event between UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and welterweight Nate Diaz. UFC fighters are also naming their bets to win the welterweight rematch, which saw Diaz pull off a huge upset on McGregor via rear-naked choke at UFC 196.
Though McGregor and coach John Kavanagh (obviously) agree that a Diaz KO is in sight, many other UFC fighters think otherwise, predicting another L for McGregor.
Heavyweight fighter Junior Dos Santos sees Diaz winning again, saying “I see Nate winning again. Nate can take punches and he’s got good stamina which is going to put a lot of pressure on Conor McGregor.” when asked about the upcoming fight.
Light Heavyweight title contender Alex Gustaffson also sees a McGregor loss, emphasizing that despite the Notorious learning from the previous fight, it will still be hard for him to “move up and compete against the best guys in another weight class.”
Other fighters like Jose Aldo, Michael Chiesa, Derrick Lewis and Eddie Alvarez also share the same sentiment. “If you look at Diaz’s fights, even when he’s getting beat he finds a way to come back. If I had to bet, it would be Nate.” replied Aldo when asked about his predictions, while Chiesa shares that he thinks McGregor does not want “this fight as much as he says he does” and Nate Diaz will slap his way to a win.
Although, there are also a few, who are confident that McGregor can pull off the win, despite the move to a heavier division. “Conor is on top of his game and Conor is going to win the rematch. No disrespect to Diaz, but Conor will win.” was middleweight champion Michael Bisping’s prediction for the match. Bantamweight Brad Pickett feels the same way, thinking that Conor now has a “point to prove.”
And while UFC fighters are naming their bets to win the main event of UFC 202, it will all be in the hands (and feet) of McGregor and Diaz, whether they can live to the expectations of fans and peers once they enter the Octagon on Saturday.
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