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Conor McGregor is a star.

And when you’re a star, people will come to see you do… well, just about anything. That’s why I spent $8 to see Last Action Hero in the movie theater, and while I’ll spend $60 to watch McGregor — a featherweight — fight a lightweight with a 2-3 record dating back to 2012.

At welterweight.

Whatever, we’re not here for the sport, we’re here for the spectacle, and the rejiggered UFC 196 main event will likely deliver in spades. You can thank Nate Diaz for that, who will not go gently into that good night (Sat., March 5, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I doubt he’ll win, but who cares? I’m just here for the double bird.

In the UFC 196 co-headliner, Holly Holm makes her Octagon return to battle Miesha Tate, who wrangled a title fight from the impatient promotion when Ronda Rousey extended her leave of absence. Is “The Preacher’s Daughter” a one-hit wonder? “Cupcake” and her vaunted wrestling game could answer that.

And how could we forget the pay-per-view (PPV) debut of Ilir Latifi? No more “Fight Night” nonsense for this Swedish “Sledgehammer.”

Now then, let’s get to picking.

170 lbs.: “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (19-2) vs. Nate Diaz (18-10)

Nostradumbass predicts: What makes Conor McGregor such an indomitable force in the stand up is his uncanny ability to do it all. So often you have fast, technical strikers who don’t pack a lot of power. Or you have sluggers with cinder blocks masquerading as hands, who can’t throw a decent kick.

“Notorious” has proven to be equally dangerous whether he’s the aggressor, or simply the counter-puncher.

There has been a lot of talk about McGregor facing a new challenge in Diaz, who not only broke the record for most punches thrown during a UFC fight, ….View full article

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