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UFC 202: Is the risk worth the reward for Conor McGregor?

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It would have been so easy for Conor McGregor to never fight Nate Diaz again.

It’s not like he doesn’t have compelling reasons; Jose Aldo, Max Holloway and the rest of the Featherweight division are chomping at the bit for a crack at “Notorious.” There’s a very skilled — but beatable — man sitting atop the Lightweight division, Eddie Alvarez, who I’m certain McGregor could have gabbed his way into a fight with despite coming off a loss.

It’s not even that unprecedented — Nate’s older brother, Nick Diaz, fought for a title off a loss, after all.

But, McGregor has bitten the bullet. This Saturday night (Aug. 20, 2016), he’ll look to avenge his first defeat since 2010 in the main event of UFC 202, which takes place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the weigh-ins approach and the hype rises to a fever pitch, let’s take a look at exactly what’s at stake for UFC’s golden boy.

In short, the risk greatly outweighs the reward. Should McGregor win, he’ll simply return to somewhere behind his status quo, the accomplishment of beating a “Welterweight” outweighed by the fact that he lost in the first place. Instead of his 13-second finish of the greatest Featherweight of all time, his 1-1 stretch at 170 pounds would dominate the conversation going into his first title defense.

Admittedly, it’d be far from untenable. And getting the win would grant his bluster about three titles some credence. He’d be in a better spot than he would if he’d just skipped the rematch entirely, but it’s debatable whether that bump is worth the risk.

McGregor’s loss was atypical enough that it could be written off by generous fans. If he goes out and loses again, however, there’s no such leeway. He’ll have been soundly beaten ….View full article

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