Nate Diaz – Conor McGregor II hasn’t been rebooked yet, but according to Gilbert Melendez, if the rematch happens it will end in the same way as round one.
Recently reports surfaced that the UFC’s Dana White and Lorenzo Feritta have met with both McGregor and Diaz this week. But, as this is being written, no bout has been signed. Diaz and McGregor were scheduled to fight again at UFC 200, but the latter passed on attending all the media obligations, and yadda, yadda, yadda, we’re waiting in limbo.
Recently Melendez spoke with FOX Sports.com, and the former Strikeforce champ was asked to weigh-in on Diaz – McGregor II. Here is some of what the lightweight contender had to say:
“I don’t see it going any differently. I see Conor, if he does fight him again, he fights like the smaller man. He’ll try to stick and move and try to kick out Nate’s front leg and try to take his shots. Ultimately, Nate will stand strong, he’ll eventually walk him down, he’ll start landing the 1-2 and we’ll see the same finish.”
“Maybe a little bit later because Conor’s going to use his footwork to dance around and maybe not try to stand in the pocket as much.”
There’s certainly more than a few people who are in agreement with Melendez here. The argument being that McGregor couldn’t put Diaz away at UFC 196 in March, so how will he be able to when Diaz has a full camp behind him? It’s a good question, however, McGregor boosters would argue the Irish star will be much more calculating with his shots, having now fought at 170 pounds. They also would point out that Melendez is a longtime teammate and friend of Diaz.
Guess we’ll see what happens if and when this fight finally gets booked…
In the meantime, Melendez is scheduled to fight Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 20, July 23rd. That’s a can’t miss scrap.