MacGregor has five-straight Performance of the Night bonuses, while Diaz has six Fight of the Night, four Submission of the Night and one Knockout of the Night awards. With 3 minutes left in the 5th round it was seemingly in the bag for Holm, but Tate’s 2nd successful takedown ended with her getting one of the most dramatic finishes in UFC title fight history.
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, McGregor is listed as the favorite in this 170-pound non-title bout, as he has a money line of -400 to win, while Diaz has been given odds of +300 to prevail.
On the final night of 2012, the Cage Warriors featherweight champion KO’ed Ivan Buchinger to claim the promotions’ lightweight strap.
“I think if he wins impressively tomorrow, he doesn’t even go back to [145 pounds]”. “That weight cut is terrible for him”.
On vacating the UFC featherweight belt: “That would be a non-issue if he wasn’t going to go back”. “You have to understand, there’s a segment of people that want to come in and see a Diaz-McGregor throwdown and then there’s a segment of people that want to see, can Conor McGregor win this title against a guy who destroyed [Benson] Henderson, destroyed [Anthony] Pettis, destroyed [Donald] Cerrone?”
The talented Irish fighter has moved up 25 pounds in weight class to fight Nate Diaz at 170 pounds for UFC 196, and he has never had a problem with the spotlight, even calling out undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a boxing match.
McGregor, fresh from a sensational first-round TKO win over former pound-for-pound king Jose Aldo to unify the UFC Featherweights belt in December, looks to add another feather to his hat by beating a much-seasoned and heavier Diaz at welterweight.
“Two totally different fights”, White said. He gets business. He’s not unreasonable about anything and he will fight anybody, anywhere at any time.
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White spoke to the media after UFC 196’s weight-in, in which Conor McGregor looked like the cat that got the cream (or indeed, the two breakfasts).