Diaz stepped in for the injured RDA at UFC 196 in March, and on short notice, proceeded to submit McGregor in the second round. Since the UFC announced plans for the rematch, there’s been plenty of debate about who will win.
McGregor boosters argue that now that he has fought at 170, the featherweight champ will be much better prepared to compete at that weight. The other side has pointed out that McGregor wasn’t able to finish Diaz, despite the fact he didn’t have a full camp. So, this time around, the Stockton star will be even tougher to stop.
“It’s hard to advise him, because Nate Diaz was on vacation when he got a call to fight him,” dos Anjos said.
“And on less than 10 days’ notice he still beat him — now he’s got a full fight camp. It’s hard to give him any advice.
“[Conor can win] if he can catch him with the right shot, but Nate can take a lot of shots, especially at 170 pounds. Nate Diaz is a 55er, he’s a lightweight. But now he’s fighting at 170 — I don’t know why. But I don’t see Conor winning this fight, for sure.”
That’s why it’s such an intriguing fight. If McGregor wins, then his profile could reach even higher heights and the door will open to some pretty interesting bouts. If he loses again, however, then a return to 145 is pretty likely.
RDA, meanwhile, is booked to fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC FN 90 on July 7th.