Though Conor McGregor was installed as a sizable favorite heading into his record-breaking welterweight fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 196, there were a few people banking on the Stockton fighter to spring the upset.
One of those who went public with his prediction was FOX analyst/UFC fighter Rashad Evans, who went on record saying he thought Diaz prevail against the Irishman on 11 day’s notice.
Turns out he was right — Diaz sank a rear-naked choke in the second round on March 5, delivering McGregor his first loss in the UFC. It also continued a streak of predictions for Evans, who also called T.J. Dillashaw’s initial upset over Renan Barao, Rafael dos Anjos’ victory over Anthony Pettis, and Holly Holm’s massive upset over Ronda Rousey.
How does he do it?
“When I see some of these matchups sometimes, I start analyzing them and I start thinking of them over and over again,” Evans said during an interview on The MMA Hour on Monday. “Sometimes a favorite does something that sways me the other way. It’s something really, really subtle, but I see it.
“With McGregor, I felt like he was a lot different that last fight because — he wasn’t the same person. It seemed like he was putting on a little bit too much just for the show. And I know the woes of putting on too much for the show because I know at the end of the day you’re taking away from what makes you sharp in the cage.”
The 36-year old Evans, who fights Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 19 next month in Tampa, said that he recognized a few sideline distractions and taxations going on in the lead up, particularly because McGregor didn’t need to whittle his ….View full article
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