After the UFC touches down in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the firm’s long-withstanding policy of putting about the toughest, best fights and showing its best celebrities when possible will come to the forefront once again.
UFC 196 includes co-main events slated for March 5 2016, which will feature Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s showdown with fill-in fighter Nate Diaz in a non-title bout at 170 pounds. The next main event sees Holly Holm (David to Ronda’s Goliath) shield her bantamweight title for the first time against Miesha Tate in 135 pounds.
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This week’s UFC card was supposed to provide McGregor an chance to battle for the UFC lightweight buckle contrary to current 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 left UFC president Dana White in limbo and desperate to find a fighter to measure up against a few of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC today. Cue Nate Diaz.
In my view, Diaz presents a number of problems for McGregor with his length and his immunity to the Irishman’s mind games. He has only lost via KO after in his profession. And if he can keep it shut for five rounds, then a decision win is not out of the question.
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 was dubbed one of the great upsets in sports history, Holm’s KO of Rousey came courtesy of her outstanding boxing and analytical abilities. While she may have a few flaws, her camp insists they are not anything to”worry about” and that Holly will be along with her game once again despite all the additional media attention and pressure.
Holm’s competition, Tate, comes into this fight as no slouch. Tate has shown she is a great wrestler and can stand toe-to-toe with some of the sports best female competitors. Her best course of actions for winning this battle is going to be to take the fight to the ground and attempt to submit Holm. In case Tate leaves it up to the judges, then it’ll be tough to claim victory because to be the champion you have to beat the winner – clear and clean.
Our buddies over at 5Dimes offer some of the best lines out there for UFC 196, so let us take a look at a few of the best prop bets available.
This is merely a hunch play, however the line and value is too great to pass up. I have encounter a few sources stating just how much Diaz respects the job of McGregor. I know that in a game this violent, you ought to be ruthless and don’t have any regard for anybody but yourself pre-fight. But, I think both fighters know the situation and will touch gloves out of respect.
Respect is definitely due for Nate because he’s taking this fight on this short notice, and McGregor’s preflight antics (as usual) have been nothing short of amazing. I’ll give both fighters kudos right now for helping me win this bet and providing a short instant of respect to the game.
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