When the UFC touches down in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the firm’s long-withstanding policy of placing about the toughest, best struggles and showing its best stars whenever possible will come to the forefront once again.
UFC 196 has co-main events slated for March 5 2016, which will feature Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s showdown with fill-in fighter Nate Diaz in a non-title bout at 170 lbs. The next main event sees Holly Holm (David to Ronda’s Goliath) shield her bantamweight title for the first time against Miesha Tate in 135 pounds.
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This week’s UFC card has been supposed to provide McGregor an opportunity to fight for the UFC lightweight buckle against current champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That battle had to be axed because Dos Anjos struck his foot and will be sidelined until at least May.
That left UFC president Dana White in limbo and distressed to find a fighter to measure up against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC today. Cue Nate Diaz.
In my view, Diaz presents a number of issues for McGregor along with his his resistance to the Irishman’s mind games. He’s just lost via KO once in his profession. And when he can keep it close for five rounds, then a decision win isn’t out of the question.
Over in the other co-main occasion, Holly Holm was catapulted into the spotlight after beating UFC poster woman Ronda Rousey back in November. In what was dubbed one of the terrific upsets in sports history, Holm’s KO of Rousey came courtesy of her outstanding boxing and kickboxing skills. While she might have a few flaws, her camp insists they are not anything to”worry about” and Holly will be on top of her game once more despite all of the additional media attention and pressure.
Holm’s opponent, Tate, comes into this fight as no slouch. Tate has shown she is a great wrestler and can endure toe-to-toe with some of the sports best female competitors. Her best plan of actions for winning this fight will be to take the fight to the ground and try to submit Holm. If Tate leaves it up to the judges, it will be tough to claim success because to be the champion you have to beat the champion – clean and clear.
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This is just a hunch play, but the line and value is too great to pass up. I’ve come across a few sources stating how much Diaz respects the job of McGregor. I know that in a game this barbarous, you must be ruthless and have no respect for anyone but yourself pre-fight. However, I believe both fighters know the problem and will touch gloves out of admiration.
Respect is definitely because of Nate as he’s taking this fight on such short notice, and McGregor’s preflight antics (as usual) are nothing short of awesome. I’ll give both fighters kudos at this time for helping me win this bet and giving a short instant of respect to the sport.
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