Here we go — again.
Just over five months ago, the all-seeing eye of yours truly correctly predicted the outcome (winner and method of victory) of Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz in the main event at UFC 196: Olympus has Fallen; and what a fall it was.
Now I’m back with UFC 202: Olympus has Fallen 2.0, which again is being contested at welterweight, and is set to pop off August 20, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
By now, most of you are privy to how it all went down between the Stockton brawler and “The Notorious” one. However, if you’re out of the loop; hit the aforementioned OhF or go here for full fight highlights.
There was a time when “Mystic Mac” could vaticinate the future, not anymore — his eye is murky now. Still, the 28-year-old SBG fighter predicts and expects great things for his rematch with Diaz — kind of like same ol’ same — knockout victory, this time, however, he prognosticates to sleep Diaz inside of two rounds (his coach John Kavanagh says the fourth frame).
Last time out, the featherweight champs excuse for his second-round submission loss was due to “inefficient energy” and Diaz being the bigger man yadda, yadda, yadda!!!
But that was never the case — Diaz ranked #4 in the UFC’s lightweight division took the bout on eleven days notice, whilst McGregor had a full training camp.
Furthermore, both hit the scales at almost identical weights; McGregor 168 lbs, and Diaz 169 pounds.
Do the math.
So, to ensure everything goes according to plan this time around, the smack talking Hibernian has imported a range of fighters with varied skill sets in his quest to seek revenge and redemption.
In theory it sounds good, but in practise, McGregor (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is clutching at straws.
Diaz (19-10 MMA, 14-8 UFC) has got this on lockdown.
Fifty percent of McGregor’s game has always been about mental warfare — mental, physical and verbal — combative traits he’s employed to exploit his opponent’s weaknesses, and it’s worked in the past, that is, until he locked horns with Diaz.
As things stand, going into this fight, Diaz has the edge in all the aforementioned departments, but more importantly, he has that soul destroying victory.
In addition, if the UFC 202 bottle throwing presser is anything to go by, it’s a sure fire bet that Diaz, 31, has occupied an acres worth of real estate in McGregor’s head — a presentiment for his demise.
Just under three years ago, at the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, Nathan Donald Diaz scored a TKO victory over Gray Maynard. The time has come for the Cesar Gracie product to revisit the scene and consummate the double on McGregor. As with UFC 196, this is an occasion for something spectacular.
My omniscient-seeing eye predicts: Diaz via TKO; Olympus has Fallen — yet again!
“I’m not surprised Motherfuckers!”