Conor McGregor returns Saturday at UFC 196 – as does the woman who beat Ronda Rousey, UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm!
During yesterday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC 196 being held in Vegas ahead of the event this Saturday March 5th at the MGM Grand, things continue to get heated whenever bad boy Nate Diaz and Conor “The Notorious” McGregor sit in the same room.
The co-main event, which sees Miesha Tate challenge Holly Holm for the women’s bantamweight title, is expected to start at 4am. Diaz is a perennial contender in the lightweight division but his fight with McGregor is being contested at 170 pounds (welterweight) due to the short-notice nature of the matchup.
“I hold the key to the fight game”.
The Irishman jumped from featherweight to lightweight for an opportunity for a historical feat by simultaneously holding two title belts in different divisions. 5 with not one, but two main events you won’t want to miss. The video here covers all the awkwardness, including me asking the fighters to count to 10 for an audio level. “All they can say is they’re never going to cross this river again”. The Stockton native has gone to a decision in six of his last ten fights and is surprisingly durable. Read on to find out some useful facts about the big fight night! He continued, “I think I might break it out and ping it across his head”. However, Tate believes Holm has a weakness she could exploit come fight night. As far as styles are concerned, Diaz needs this fight on the mat, and McGregor needs a knockout. “It would be nice to make that fight if the fans were interested and wanted to see it. Obviously, they would”. “I’m having a great time”.
With no title and no history on the line, there had been expectations that the headline bout of UFC 196 would fail to match the wild atmosphere of McGregor’s two most recent outings in the fight capital.
“I’m certainly going to toy with the young boy”, the 27-year-old McGregor said of the 30-year-old Diaz. “I don’t owe him s–“, he growled.
Earlier in the day, McGregor told CNBC during a joint appearance with Diaz that he’d “breeze” past a $10-million pay day Saturday, then pointed to how Diaz is profiting, too, after his $40,000 guaranteed purse in December.