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UFC 196 predictions

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The fastest-rising sensation in the sport returns to action, but not in a bout he had planned. Conor McGregor headlines another UFC show and while it’s in a new weight class, a change of opponent means no belt is on the line. Still, the co-main event features a title challenge with the woman who dethroned Ronda Rousey facing off against the woman who couldn’t ever dethrone her.

What: UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

When: Saturday, the three-fight Fight Pass preliminary card starts at 6:30 p.m. ET, the four-fight Fox Sports 1 preliminary card starts at 8 p.m. and the five-fight pay-per-view card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

MMA is crazy and unpredictable. For that reason, I never look at any fight’s outcome too comfortably. Diaz’s reach could be advantageous in ways we haven’t considered. Perhaps McGregor makes a mistake we don’t forsee. Diaz is an elite fighter and as such, I can’t dismiss his chances of victory. In an already chaotic game, credentialed, highly-ranked talent have ways of having their might shine through.

That said, the smart pick of probability is McGregor. He looks big enough for the weight class and certainly seems spry. He has more energy and most importantly, a lot more preparation. He’ll likely use angles, timing and negative space to make Diaz’s linear attacks work against him. I don’t know how quickly this will all come together for him, but his win seems as safe a prediction as any other in this very unpredictable game.

Pick: McGregor

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