After the UFC touches down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the company’s long-withstanding policy of putting on the roughest, best struggles and showing its top stars whenever possible will come to the forefront once more.
UFC 196 includes co-main events slated for March 5 2016, which will feature Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s showdown with fill-in fighter Nate Diaz in a non-title bout at 170 lbs. The second principal event sees Holly Holm (David to Ronda’s Goliath) shield her bantamweight title for the first time against Miesha Tate at 135 pounds.
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This week’s UFC card was supposed to provide McGregor an chance to fight for the UFC lightweight buckle against current champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That fight had to be axed because Dos Anjos broke his foot and will be sidelined until at least May.
That left UFC president Dana White in limbo and distressed to discover a fighter to measure up against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC today. Cue Nate Diaz.
In my opinion, Diaz presents quite a few problems for McGregor with his his resistance to the Irishman’s thoughts games. He has only lost via KO after in his profession. And if he can keep it shut for five rounds, a decision win isn’t out of the query.
Over in the other co-main event, Holly Holm was catapulted into the spotlight after beating UFC poster woman Ronda Rousey back in November. In what has been dubbed one of the terrific upsets in sports history, Holm’s KO of Rousey came courtesy of her outstanding boxing and analytical abilities. While she may have a few flaws, her camp insists they’re not anything to”worry about” and that Holly will be along with her game once again despite all of the additional media attention and tension.
Holm’s competition, Tate, comes into this battle as no slouch. Tate has proven she is a great wrestler and can endure toe-to-toe with some of the sports best female opponents. Her very best plan of action for winning this battle will be to take the battle to the floor and try to submit Holm. In case Tate leaves it up to the judges, then it’ll be tough to claim success because to be the champion you have to beat the winner – clear and clean.
Our friends over at 5Dimes offer some of the greatest lines out there for UFC 196, therefore let’s take a look at a few of the best prop bets out there.
This is merely a hunch drama, but the line and worth is too good to pass up. I’ve come across a few sources stating just how much Diaz respects the work of McGregor. I know that in a sport this barbarous, you ought to be ruthless and have no respect for anyone but yourself pre-fight. However, I believe both fighters know the situation and will touch gloves from admiration.
Respect is definitely due for Nate as he’s taking this fight on this short notice, and McGregor’s preflight antics (as usual) are nothing short of amazing. I will give both fighters kudos at this time for helping me win this bet and providing a brief second of admiration for the game.
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