The much anticipated second chapter of Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor is finally upon us. UFC 202 comes to us live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. In what could be the biggest rematch in UFC history, Conor McGregor takes on Nate Diaz in the night’s main event. The rest of the main card shows well as Anthony “Rumble” Johnson takes on Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight battle, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone matches up against Rick Story in a battle of welterweights; and staying in the welterweight division we have Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry and Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi.
Something tells me Conor McGregor learned a lot in his loss to Nate Diaz. With both Diaz and McGregor getting full camps to prepare for each other I see this fight going differently from their first fight. The first fight started with McGregor coming out strong and landing some big shots. The problem was Diaz ate those shots, yet Conor still went for the knockout. In going for the stoppage he tired himself out and left himself vulnerable after an ill-advised takedown attempt. Nate Diaz is almost impossible to stop and I don't see Conor ending the fight inside the distance. I do see McGregor fighting a smarter, more efficient, relaxed fight earning a unanimous decision. Of course this won't sit well with Nate, so I expect him to complain about the judges scoring and demand a third fight.
It's no secret Glover Teixeira has to avoid the devastating power of Anthony Johnson. The question is, can he? Teixeira’s game plan has to be to get in close enough to take Rumble to the ground and control the fight there while looking for the submission. If he's successful in executing that game plan, Teixeira will leave the cage a winner Saturday night. I think Johnson will be prepared for this and catch Glover as he's coming in and end the fight in grand fashion.
Donald Cerrone has looked fantastic since his move to welterweight. His last fight came in June where he dismantled Patrick Cote winning by TKO. While I see Rick Story being more competitive, Cerrone’s length coupled with the fact he's more active than Story is will lead him to a unanimous decision.
Nate Diaz (20-10) vs Conor McGregor (19-3) | Current Line: McGregor -135, Diaz +115 | Pick: McGregor by decision
Anthony Johnson (21-5) vs Glover Teixeira (25-4) | Current Line: Johnson -185, Teixeira +165 | Pick: Johnson by TKO
Rick Story (19-8) vs Donald Cerrone (30-7, 1 NC) | Current Line: Cerrone -165, Story +145 | Pick: Cerrone by decision
Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1) vs Mike Perry (6-0) | Current Line: Lim -270, Perry +220 | Pick: Perry by TKO
Tim Means (25-7-1) vs Sabah Homasi (11-5) | Current Line: Means -425, Homasi +325 | Pick: Means by TKO
Enjoy the fights!
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