McGregor Slight Favourite To Defeat Nate Diaz in Rematch

Published on August 14th, 2016 4:57 pm EST

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Conor McGregor has been adamant that a new approach to training will result in victory on the evening of August 20th. McGregor's confident words have clearly been having an impact on the betting public, as the odds have shifted in McGregor's direction in the lead-up to UFC 202 next week.

According to the oddsmakers, Conor McGregor is currently 8/11 to defeat Nate Diaz in their rematch. Diaz, on the other hand, is 11/10 to win, which makes him the slight underdog.

After losing the first round of their fight at UFC 196, Nate Diaz used his superior cardio to turn on the gas in the second and end the fight via RNC. McGregor, who blamed an "inefficient use of energy" on the loss, said that he wouldn't make the same mistakes again.

Diaz, for his part, is going to benefit from having a full fight camp - at UFC 196, Diaz accepted the fight on just 10 days notice and still won.

McGregor, on the other hand, has argued that he will be fully prepared for a larger southpaw this time around. McGregor has also dialled back on his promotional commitments for this fight, which has resulted in a more focused camp.

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There are reports that Nate Diaz is walking around at approximately 200 pounds. McGregor, on the other hand, is already on weight.

If these reports are true, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact Diaz's weight cut will have on the fight. The Diaz brothers are notorious for their fantastic conditioning, though a large weight cut can sap even the biggest of gas tanks.

McGregor, on the other hand, has promised that he won't tire out this time around and is ready for a five round war.

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This should be a fascinating fight that will have a major impact on the near-term plans of both fighters.

If Conor wins, expect him to challenge Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight title immediately. If Conor loses, expect him to return to Featherweight to fight Jose Aldo.

If Nate wins, expect him to fight Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight title, as his popularity would be over the moon. If Nate loses, don't be surprised if he waits for a rubber match against McGregor, which will almost certainly take place down the line if Conor wins on August 20th.


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