UFC 202: Diaz vs McGregor 2 will take place on August 20th, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight is of the welterweight class. For those that are unfamiliar, welterweight competitors have to be between 156-170 lbs.
UFC 202 Fight Card 10 P.M. ET / 7 P.M. PT – Main Card (Tentative)
♦ Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor Welterweight
♦ Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Texeira Light Heavyweight
♦ Rick Story vs. Donald Cerrone Welterweight
♦ Tim Means vs. Sean Strickland Welterweight
♦ Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki Bantamweight
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Even though it is about three weeks away, the final fight card is still being decided for UFC 202. Thing is, none of the fights are anywhere near as anticipated as Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor. Even though he has acted indifferent about the entire thing, Nate Diaz showed that there was a good reason for his last minute placing into UFC 196 (the first meeting between these two…).
In another notable fight, this one being the welterweight championship surrounding Diaz vs. McGregor, Tyron Woodley would like to fight Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz’s older brother. Nick Diaz has been on suspension because of failed drug tests. So if that is not resolved in time, Tyrone Woodley says he will settle on Georges St. Pierre. This will be interesting to watch either way because many to most people think it is too soon for Tyron Woodley to be fighting again.
In any event, Diaz vs McGregor is the second and one of the most anticipated fight during the 2016 UFC. These two matched earlier this year on March 5th 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (which is also located in Las Vegas). It was originally supposed to be Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos. However, Rafael dos Anjos wound up pulling out of the event with less than two weeks notice because of a broken foot. Nate Diaz wound up winning that fight in the second round.
The Diaz vs McGregor rematch was initially supposed to take place at UFC 200 (which would have been on July 9th also at the T-Mobile Arena). But that changed in the middle of April because of a scheduling conflict on Conor McGregor’s end which led Nate Diaz to pull out as well. Both Diaz and McGregor debated retiring before both agreeing for the rematch to be at UFC 202.
It would come as no surprise that both Diaz and McGregor have started the trash talk already when on the Conan show; if not before that. McGregor is adamant that “Diaz got lucky”. In any event he is certainly eager to avenge the only loss of his UFC career.
Understandably, Nick Diaz’s popularity seems to have multiplied exponentially since his win in the first Diaz vs McGregor. Meanwhile Irishman Conor McGregor has infuriated a lot of fans with his enormous ego. The politicalness and trash talk on both ends of this make this the most interesting and anticipated UFC fight; at least of recent. Of course a problem with this fight is whoever wins is going to have far more sway in the UFC than anyone is comfortable with.
It is my prediction (which is subject to change between now and the fight itself) that Conor McGregor will avenge his previous loss by unanimous decision. But either way it should be a fun match as these guys are here for opposite reasons. Nate Diaz seems to be just after the big money. Meanwhile, Conor McGregor is in it for pride and just wants to avenge his previous loss.