UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (19-3, 17 KOs, 1 SUB) will rematch Stockton bad boy (19-10, 4 KOs, 12 SUBs) at UFC 202 on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will be televised on pay-per-view starting 10 p.m. ET following the FS1 prelims.
According to UFC superstar Conor McGregor, the “Real UFC 200” is UFC 202 on August 20, when he rematches notorious bad boy Nate Diaz in what should be one of the highest selling pay-per-view fights in the promotion’s history. And you know what? He’s not wrong.
While UFC 200 weekend was a star-studded, three-day affair with multiple championship fights on the line, the absence of McGregor loomed over the festivities. There are scores of fans, both casual and hardcore, that are itching for the chance to see if McGregor can avenge his only loss inside the octagon. The rest of the card is absolutely stacked, though not as strong from top to bottom as UFC 200. Here’s what you can expect.
Welterweights : Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
Current UFC odds at BookMaker.eu:
Their first encounter was a thriller, with McGregor bombing away on Diaz early, only to have Nate turn the tables and score a second-round finish. On the feet, it’ll be McGregor’s flashy style and power against Nate’s superb boxing and volume punching. The “Notorious” has already stated he’s brought in long, southpaw boxers in preparation for Diaz’s style.
If this fight goes to the ground, McGregor will be in a world of trouble, as Diaz demonstrated that the featherweight champion is anywhere in his league when it comes to grappling. But Diaz has never been a good wrestler, so expect an awesome sparring match for the majority of the bout.
Result: Mcgregor wins by Majority Decision 48-47, 47-47,48-47
Light Heavyweights:Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Updated Odds:Johnson -195 - Teixeira +166
Result: Johnson wins by KO in 13 seconds
A nuclear explosion? No, seriously. These are the two best knockout artists on the entire roster, not just the 205-pound class. Glover is an excellent technical boxer with dynamite in both fists, and he’s riding high with three straight stoppage victories -- the past two of which came by devastating knockout.
But nobody hits like Anthony Johnson. The guy touches dudes and they go flying. You can’t turn away from his fights, because at any point he could render an opponent unconscious. There are plenty of guys with knockout power, but the way that Johnson stalks other fighters is downright scary.
Welterweights: Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin
Updated Odds: Magny -141 - Teixeira +119
Result: Larkins wins by TKO Round 1
This fight is all about Magny, who is quickly making his way into contender status. He’s an uber-athlete with dominant wrestling, and we all know how far those two traits alone can take you. Larkin is an interesting test, as he’s a spectacular athlete as well with fight-changing power. But Magny’s standup is rapidly catching up to his wrestling, and this is an opportunity for us to see whether he’s gone from good to great.
Welterweights: Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
Updated Odds: Cerrone -165 - Story +140
Result: Cerronie wins by TKO Round 2
“Cowboy” just picked up his first win over a real welterweight, but now it’s time to see how the lightweight contender stacks up against a bigger bully-fighter. Will Cerrone be able to get his potent kickboxing off, or will Story just suffocate him with size? One thing’s for sure: If Cowboy can get past “Horror”, then it’s time to consider him a real contender at 170.
Bantamweights:Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Updated Odds: Garbrandt -475 - Mizugaki +380
Result: Garbrandt wins by KO in 48 seconds
Garbrandt just slept Thomas Almeida to officially snag the title of hottest lighter weight prospect. And the best part is that he’s not a grinding wrestler with NCAA credentials -- the hipster-looking Cody is a true knockout artist and arguably the hardest hitter at 135. If he keeps cold-clocking guys into oblivion, like he’s done in three of his past four, then it won’t be long until he gets a title shot.
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Nate Diaz takes on Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas at UFC 202. It is a rematch of a fight that took place at UFC 196 when Diaz handed McGregor the only loss of his career, winning by rear-naked choke in the second round. The other four fights on the pay-per-view part of UFC 202 have Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira; Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story, Hyun Guy Lim vs. Mike Perry and Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi. Continue...