UFC 202 is just around the corner and one of the most anticipated rematches in the history of MMA is headlining it: Diaz vs. McGregor 2. In the first fight, it looked like McGregor was winning the most of the match, bloodying Diaz up until he looked ?gassed? and getting rocked by a Nate Diaz 1-2 that turned the tide. Diaz ended up submitting McGregor with a rear-naked choke for the upset. View the full fight below.
This was McGregor?s first fight in the welterweight division. It was also a late replacement bout as McGregor was scheduled to fight for the lightweight title against then champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Dos Anjos pulled out because of injury and Nate Diaz came in on short notice. This leaves some controversy but now, the questions would seem to be answered. For the rematch, both men will have a full camp dedicated to fighting one opponent–dealing with each other?s habits, tendencies, attributes, relative strengths and weaknesses.
How is it going to go? What are these habits and tendencies? What are the best ways for each of the fighters to win at UFC 202? Experts have weighed on this. Here?s a compilation of what they think about the first bout and the fighters.
Robin Black?s Breakdown of Nate Diaz for UFC 202
Robin Black?s Breakdown of Conor McGregor for UFC 202
Jack Slack, on Fightland, broke down the keys to victory for the first match with an excellent article that you can find over here. It revolves around how Conor McGregor could over the size, length and weight advantage of Nate Diaz.
After the fight, Jack Slack discussed how the fight went and how McGregor as a southpaw does not use his jab often and how his jab is not dextrous enough. Against orthodox fighters, McGregor did not need it as his ?Celtic Cross? can sail through much easier. Against a southpaw though, it pretty much harder to connect with his powerful left hand. Nate Diaz is a southpaw who trains with top boxers like Andre Ward. This pretty much gave Conor trouble in their first fight. Here is Jack Slack?s excellent breakdown of their first fight: Death Of A Southpaw.
Robin Black and Jack Slack are two of the best fight analysts in the game today. Be sure to watch out for their breakdown of the aftermath of UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2.