When the UFC touches down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the company’s long-withstanding policy of putting on the toughest, best struggles and showing its top stars whenever possible will come to the forefront once again.
UFC 196 includes co-main events slated for March 5 2016, which will comprise Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s showdown with fill-in fighter Nate Diaz in a non-title bout at 170 pounds. The next principal event sees Holly Holm (David to Ronda’s Goliath) defend her bantamweight title for the first time against Miesha Tate at 135 lbs.
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This week’s UFC card was supposed to give McGregor an chance to fight for the UFC lightweight buckle against present champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That fight had to be axed because Dos Anjos struck his foot and will be sidelined until at least May.
That abandoned UFC president Dana White in limbo and distressed to discover a fighter to measure up against one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC today. Cue Nate Diaz.
In my opinion, Diaz presents quite a few problems for McGregor with his his immunity to the Irishman’s mind games. He’s only lost via KO once in his profession. And when he can keep it shut for five rounds, a decision win isn’t out of the query.
Over in another co-main occasion, Holly Holm was catapulted into the spotlight after beating UFC poster woman Ronda Rousey back in November. In what has been dubbed one of the great upsets in sports history, Holm’s KO of Rousey came courtesy of her outstanding boxing and kickboxing skills. While she may have a few weaknesses, her camp insists they are nothing to”worry about” and Holly will be on top of her game once more despite all the added media attention and tension.
Holm’s opponent, Tate, comes into this battle as no slouch. Tate has proven she is a great wrestler and can endure toe-to-toe with a number of the sports best female competitors. Her best plan of actions for winning this battle is going to be to take the battle to the floor and try to submit Holm. If Tate leaves it up to the judges, then it’ll be hard to claim success because to be the champion you have to beat the champion – clear and clean.
Our friends over at 5Dimes offer a number of the greatest lines out there for UFC 196, therefore let’s take a look at a few of the best prop bets available.
This is merely a hunch play, however the line and worth is too great to pass up. I’ve come across a few sources saying just how much Diaz respects the work of McGregor. I understand that in a game this violent, you ought to be ruthless and have no respect for anyone but yourself pre-fight. However, I believe both fighters understand the situation and will touch gloves out of admiration.
Respect is definitely because of Nate because he is taking this battle on such short notice, and McGregor’s preflight antics (as normal ) have been nothing short of awesome. I will give both fighters kudos right now for helping me win this wager and giving a short instant of respect to the sport.
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