Recently Diaz was tapped on short notice for the March 5th bout, after Rafael dos Anjos was forced to withdraw from UFC 196 due to a broken foot. The consensus is that Diaz’s toughness and hands could pose some difficulties for McGregor, but that the latter will win the bout. The betting lines have McGregor as the favorite in the -400 to -450 range. The featherweight champ has predicted he’ll KO Diaz in the opening round….
Well, recently Edgar appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the featherweight contender was asked to weigh-in on the match-up. Here is some of what the former lightweight champ had to say about the welterweight fight (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t know, man, I think Nate could go in there and spoil the party, and then [McGregor] has to come back down to 145….” Edgar said.
“I give him a real shot. His pressure and volume is just tough to deal with for anybody. You know, Conor’s biggest thing is range and length, and he doesn’t have it in this fight. A southpaw against southpaw, I think a lot could happen there.”
Edgar makes some good points, and it will be interesting to see how McGregor deals with Diaz’s reach, and his countering ability. RDA used kicks to eat up Diaz, so you would think McGregor will be turning to his kicking game a lot on Saturday.
If the fight spills to the ground, however, then things could get really interesting. Diaz is ridiculously dangerous on the floor, and his submitted several BJJ black belts during his UFC run. We have yet to see McGregor spend much time on the mat with a high level, jiu-jitsu player thus far in the Octagon. It’s going to be a fascinating night. No question.
UFC 196 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the co-headliner, bantamweight champ Holly Holm will battle Miesha Tate.