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UFC 202: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor Fight Pick & Preview

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Yes folks! After some weird drama that postponed this fight. It's finally going down, the biggest non title rematch in UFC history. Conor McGregor will step into the UFC octagon at UFC 202 in an attempt to avenge the loss to Nate Diaz. If this fight is half as good as the first matchup, the fans will be satisfied. The first fight was a chingasosfest that culminated with some text book Chingajitsu! Will this fight end differently? Let's take a closer look at these fighters and as always, I will make my fight pick for UFC 202.

Conor McGregor is the undisputed king of trash talking.  It’s entertaining and many times extremely comical.  He's gotten to the throne not just by talking, but by backing up his talk, at least most of the time.  Conor McGregor comes into UFC 202 with an overall record of 19-3.  He’s finishes 17 of those via KO/TKO.  McGregor can finish fights! 

McGregor was was undefeated in the UFC until he went up to the 170 lbs division to face Nate Diaz.  At 145 lbs, McGregor is dominant.  At that weight, he’s as fast as anyone, but stronger and carries more power than most.  His wrestling and grappling ability is as good as it needs to be to keep the fight standing.  When it’s time to stand and bang, he can do it with the best.  Even in his loss, he stood there and traded like a warrior.  Unfortunately for him, Nate Diaz can take a punch and deliver them just as well.  

Nate Diaz is a fighter.  A fighter that happens to have MMA skills! He’s willing to fight anyone at anytime.  Keep in mind, he took the first Conor McGregor fight on 10 days notice.  He’s 19-10 in overall.  He’s racked up 12 submission wins and 4 KO/TKO victories.  Diaz is willing to stand and bang with anyone, most of the time it pays off.  Sometimes, fighters are smart and athletic enough to hit and run. Those fighters have beat him via decision victories.  

Nate Diaz has one of the best chins in MMA.  He’s been in the UFC almost 10 years and has only suffered one loss via KO.  That KO was from a head kick back in 2013 in the Josh Thompson fight.  Since then, his boxing skills have improved and his ground game has always been one of the best in MMA.  He showed both those skills in the first fight with McGregor.  Conor McGregor felt the wrath of the Stockton slap and then submitted to a rear naked choke. Now, Conor McGregor has brought in a southpaw boxer into his training camp.  Will that change the outcome? 

Both fighters will be better prepared.  Nate Diaz has gone through a full training camp.  Conor McGregor has trained specifically for Nate Diaz.  This fight will come down to the game plan.  For Conor McGregor to win, he has to use leg kicks and movement.  He has to hit and run.  He also needs to pace himself.  

Nate Diaz needs to cut off the Octagon and force McGregor to engage.  He also needs to watch for the takedown as McGregor might look for it in hopes to win rounds with the wet blanket strategy.  That strategy of getting a takedown and then just playing defense and smothering an opponent.  

Look for this fight to start slower than the first.  McGregor will be a lot more cautious and will attempt to conserve energy.  The fight will begin to warm up late in the second and really get going in the third round.  At this point, the length of Diaz and the “Stockton Slap” will become a bigger and bigger hurdle for McGregor to get over.  I doubt McGregor will be happy winning by landing leg kicks and running around the cage, so he will have to open up, and this will just get him in trouble.  

I see Nate Diaz winning in the late rounds by ground and pound as his gas tank will outshine McGregor’s and the fight will end up on the ground.  

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the awesome free video: UFC 202 Bad Blood: Diaz vs. McGregor 2

Feel free to comment below and let us know how you think Diaz vs. McGregor 2 will go.  


UFC 201: Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 201 hasn’t been getting much attention, and, rightfully so.  It’s not a great fight card and the main event isn’t sparking the interests of the casual fan.  Robbie Lawler is the welterweight champion but Tyron Woodley is going attempt to change that.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my UFC 201 main even fight pick.  

Robbie Lawler comes into UFC 201 with a five fight winning streak.  He’s an MMA veteran with an overall record of 27-10 and will probably go down in UFC history one of the hardest hitting MMA fighters ever!  If KO power is his main weapon, the best takedown defense in the game is his shield.  Add a chin of stone to that mix and you have a predictable, yet unstoppable combination.  Robbie Lawler fights tend to resemble a game of Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots and it’s usually he who delivers most of the rockin’ and sockin’!  Can Tyron Woodley withstand the storm and take the belt away? 

Tyron Woodley is 15-3 in his MMA career.  He’s 4-1 in his last five with the only loss coming to Rory McDonald who gave Robbie Lawler a tough fight but eventually lost the Rock’ em Sock ‘em battle in the fifth round.  Tyron Woodley has some great athletic ability and is an excellent wrestler.  He can stand and deliver some hard chingasos as well which has made him a force in the division.

This fight is as predictable as it comes.  Robbie Lawler is going want to keep the fight standing.  Tyron Woodley’s best chance is to take the fight to the mat.  Unfortunately for Woodley, Lawler’s takedown defense is just too good and that’s not going to happen.  

This fight is going stay on the feet and will become a battle of the chins and gas tank.  Lawler is better in both categories.  Look for the fight to start slow, and then haymakers will rain down from both men.  Woodley will attempt takedown but will pay the price and take punishment for each and every attempt.  Eventually Woodley will begin to gas and Lawler will land more and more power shots.  This fight will most likely end in the fourth round by KO/TKO and Robbie Lawler will walk out of the cage with another title defense on his resume! 

Who are you picking for the win?  

Check the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 201: Robby Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley
  


UFC 200: Meisha Tate vs Amanda Nunes Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 200 has been a mess and a disappointment for fans that were expecting this card to be one of the best ever.  It’s still not bad, but with no Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz, and with Jon Jones who was recently pulled due to a failed drug test, it’s not the card fans wanted.  Even so, as always, I’ll make my fight pick for the official UFC 200 main event, which has oddly come to be Meisha Tate vs Amanda Nunes.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters.  

Amanda Nunes is 12-4 overall but is riding a three fight winning streak.  Nunes comes to finish fights.  The judges have not been needed in 11 of her 12 wins.  She’s won 9 by KO/TKO and another 2 by submission.  When Nunes hits, she hits hard, 7 of her opponents have not made it out of the first round.  Meisha Tate is a step up in competition.  

Meisha Tate is 18-5 overall and she’s riding a 5 fight winning streak including her title fight with Holly Holm. In those 5 victories, with the exception of the Holly Holm fight, Tate had been grinding out fights and winning by decision.  She does have fight finishing capabilities though as the 7 submissions and 3 KO/TKO’s can attest to.  Nunes will be tough to finish! 

This fight is going to come down to big fight experience, and Meisha Tate has more!  Tate is coming off a championship fight.  The big stage will not rattle her.  Nunes is a good fighter, but at this level, in the major leagues of MMA, experience plays a big role and Tate has that.  

Look for this fight to be exciting.  These women are at the top of their game and they will show it off.  Ultimately, Tate’s experience and grit will get her through the tough moments in the fight and will eventually get her the win.  Look for this fight to get into the later rounds where Tate will impose her will and take the victory.  

Check out the free UFC video, UFC 200: It’s Time - Tate vs Nunes

Who do you think will come out on top in the main event at UFC 200: Meisha Tate vs Amanda Nunes?