Conor McGregor had an impressive track record in 2015 and a great chance to start 2016 on a positive note. The match against Nate Diaz was supposed to be the highlight of the first quarter for UFC fans. MacGregor told everyone that his plan was to knock Diaz out in the first round, but things didn’t go his way. After Nate pulled off a second-round rear-naked choke in the second round, MacGregor had to accept his first UFC defeat. Now he can make amends and exact vengeance upon his opponent.
McGregor Favorite Once Again
Despite the fact that he was defeated earlier this year, McGregor is still regarded as favorite by bookies. It rarely happens for sports betting operators to offer identical odds on an upcoming UFC fight. Having said this, bet365, Winner Sports, 888 Sport and 10bet Sports are all pricing him at 4/5 to win this fight. Conor hasn’t changed his attitude and is confident in his ability, but no longer predicts a first-round knockout.
Diaz has the size and the weight needed to weather the storm and proved his ability to strike crippling blows in the first match. Both players were aggressive and things could’ve gone either way in a match that looked unlikely to go the distance. Conor hopes to repay the favor and knock him out in the second. He will need to improve his ground game against an athlete who has both the technique and endurance.
A Frightening Statistic for Conor
The prospect of MacGregor losing back-to-back games should be enough to bring shivers down his spine. It would be frustrating to say the least for a champion to suffer back-to-back defeats so Conor is expected to come out firing on all cylinders. The numbers are impressive on his part, as he frequently knocks out opponents within the first few seconds of the match. Nate Diaz is a different beast, strong, resilient and capable of changing his strategy in-game. That’s why the aforesaid bookies offer even odds on him to win.