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UFC 196’s main event is the battle of a multi-syllabic insult using Irishman vs. a curse word spewing Stockton Slapper.

Conor McGregor is jumping up 2 weight classes for this fight against Nate Diaz. Think about that for one second, the 145 pound Featherweight Champion is fighting at 170 pounds. This brings into question how this weight will effect McGregor. Will it slow him down? Does it mess with his timing? How much power does that add? Regardless, I don’t think anything Diaz does will change the eventual outcome of McGregor getting his arm raised.

Diaz is known for having great boxing and Jiu-jitsu. Without a doubt he wants to go in there, keep the fight standing and try to literally slap McGregor and pour on a lot of volume. His entire stand up style revolves around insulting opponents and coaxing them into standing in the pocket and trading shots. Diaz doesn’t have the best movement, doesn’t throw much variety and lacks power but makes up for with that volume that pours on a constant pressure.

McGregor isn’t going to get frustrated by the usual Diaz in ring antics. Now some of you are saying “but, but what about his swinging at Diaz during the press conference? Doesn’t that show how easily Diaz has gotten in his head?” Not exactly. You have to remember that Conor is a master salesman. What’s a better way to sell a fight on 8 days notice than to start a scuffle at the pre-fight presser? Instant ratings boost with one little action. I assure you people are going to tune into the weigh-ins, let alone the fight, just to see if this drama continues. let’s just assume that his reaction was done as an opportunity to build hype. In the ring he’s as focused as they come and remains composed until the fight is called.

Composure isn’t the only thing Conor brings into the cage. His footwork, precision and variety are at the highest level. Diaz is going to have a hard time dealing with McGregor’s ability to move in and out of the pocket. And on the other side of the ring Diaz is a rather rigid fighter and could end up being an easy target for McGregor to land those precision shots. Conor’s kicks will be invaluable for keeping Diaz at distance when he tries to walk straight down the middle.

I know that Diaz has a tough chin but so did Jose Aldo and McGregor put him to sleep with a single punch. Diaz will be too easy of a target for McGregor to hit. I don’t see this one going the distance.

McGregor via TKO in the 2nd.

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UFC 196’s co-main event has been rather quite. There is hardly any publicity for a fight involving Holly “The Rousey Killer” Holms and Miesha “ I Hate Ronda Rousey “ Tate. All jokes aside, this division no longer revolves around the actions of the aforementioned former champion. Miesha Tate is to be commended for not backing down when the UFC brass was trying to edge out of their promised title shot, vying instead for an immediate rematch between Rousey and Holm. Well, Tate has her title shot but, now it’s against a decidedly different opponent. One who could prove to be an even worse match up for “Cupcake”.

Miesha Tate has some very mediocre stand up, and great grappling/wrestling. She also possesses that next gear of guts. She can dig down and will herself to keep going. The problem with Miesha’s match up with Holm is that her greatest weakness is Holm’s greatest strength.

Holm is going to pick apart Tate on the feet. Tate already has the bad habit of taking too much damage on the feet. However she does approach striking with a more controlled approach than the rushing rhino style that Rousey employed. So if Tate has learned anything it’s that she can’t be the aggressor and she must pick her spots. I can see Tate take the fight to the matt. She has a very aggressive, grinding takedown style that will be paramount to taking the belt away from Holm. If Tate takes the fight to the mat she must do everything in her power to keep it there and pound out the will of Holm. We still don’t really know how good Holm is on the floor.

The smart bet is that Holm controls the fight on the feet. Doing enough damage to end the match early. However, I for some reason want to see Tate take the belt. I can see her ground and pound her way to a decision victory.  

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