After a complete sideshow over the past several months including cancelled bouts, skipped press events and several verbal Stockton Slaps, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will square off in the main event of UFC 202. It was at UFC 196 that the younger Diaz brother shocked the world and derailed McGregor’s hype train by submitting him in the second round.
The initial welterweight line opened for the scheduled bout at UFC 200 had McGregor at -155 on March 28, but the line moved to McGregor +100 by the time the fight was made official on March 30. Since the fight has been cancelled and rebooked for UFC 202, McGregor reopened at -125 with Diaz coming back at +100.
Diaz was able to weather the early storm against McGregor in their first bout and the Irishman clearly gassed as he carried much more weight into the fight than he was used to. The Stockton native used his length and picked apart McGregor until ‘The Notorious One’ went for a desperation takedown and at that point it was over.
Why this fight is happening at 170 lbs, I simply don't know. McGregor would certainly be better suited for 155 and a second consecutive loss to Diaz could damage the Irishman's reputation irreparably.
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