Recently it was announced that the two will battle in the new headliner for the March 5th, UFC 196, after Rafael dos Anjos withdrew due to a broken foot. On Wednesday the UFC held a press conference to promote the new match-up, and of course, McGregor was asked to make a prediction.
After claiming he’ll take Diaz out in the opening round, the featherweight champ said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I feel his repetitive foot patterns and his poor motions are too readable, too predictable,” said McGregor, who also noted that he respects Diaz. “He’ll be too slow in there. His speed will stifle him. His soft body and his lack of preparation, he will not be able to handle the ferocity.”
Diaz, it’s worth noting, has never been finished in the opening round. Yes, neither had Jose Aldo.