UFC 202 Betting Prediction: Back Conor McGregor for TKO victory against Nate Diaz at UFC 202
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will clash once again on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the feature contest on a mouth-watering night of fights for UFC 202.
The fierce rivals met for the first time at UFC 196 back in March, where with both fighters only having eleven days to prepare for each other, Diaz got the better of the exchanges with a second round rear-naked choke victory. It was an epic battle.
McGregor v Diaz 2 is set to be an even more intriguing fight, as both men have had full camps to prepare for each other. Ladbrokes UFC betting odds are offering a top price of 5/6 McGregor, while Nate Diaz is 11/10 with bet365. As you can see, the oddsmakers are essentially unable to split the pair, it is very much a tough one to call.
The majority of MMA fans you come across are simply on one side or the other. McGregor is a divisive character owing to his flamboyant and wild nature, others warm to him and want him to fulfill his own feeling that he will eventually go down as the greatest fighter of all time.
Nate Diaz’ stardom has gone through the roof since UFC 196 and the popular Stockton native is brimming with confidence ahead of this bout. Why wouldn’t he be?! His boxing improved as the first fight went on and he has to take a lot from being able to withstand Conor’s power through the first round. In round two, his classic one-two combinations connected on McGregor’s chin and the Irishman was both fatigued and rocked by them. At that point, Diaz capitalised on his world class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in order to finish the fight by submission.
In terms of the rematch, it is just so hard to call. McGregor’s camp has been focused entirely on preparing for a tall, lanky southpaw and also on the stamina required to see out the distance. If Conor fights more economically, he can gradually wear away at Diaz and secure a TKO victory, possibly in the 2nd or 3rd round.