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This Time Around, Nate Diaz Has to Deal With Expectation

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Not many people like to admit being wrong when it comes to sport, but the chorus of ‘I told you so’ from people claiming they knew Nate Diaz would upset Conor McGregor at UFC 196 was one of the most resounding we’ve had in years.

Of course, this was aided by the great gift of hindsight. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few people who called the fight for the Stockton native beforehand, but in Las Vegas back in March, there were not a lot of people that expected the Stockton native to step up on short notice to defeat the outspoken Irishman.

Even Dana White was contemplating throwing the featherweight champion into a championship clash with Robbie Lawler before he even met Diaz, something he surely wouldn’t suggest if he didn’t think ‘The Notorious’ was a likely winner.

Diaz came in and allowed himself to be McGregor’s verbal punching bag in the lead up to the fight. While his nonchalance in the back and forth endeared him to many people, McGregor’s intensity and confidence only fueled the prediction that he would take the victory.

Without the expectation of the victory, Diaz’s upset win via second round rear naked choke proved that he was capable of stifling McGregor’s surging UFC record. Yet, with a lot of people expecting him to do exactly the same thing to his foe when they meet in the main event of UFC 202 on Saturday night in the T-Mobile Arena, Diaz may find the pressure tough to overcome.

Rising to the Occasion

Throughout Diaz’s career with UFC, he has always managed to pull out victories when the odds were seemingly stacked against him.

Many felt that Diaz would not be able to reclaim his position amongst the lightweight elite in his first bout in ….View full article