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UFC 202 predictions, preview and analysis

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After a thoroughly derailing submission loss, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) darling Conor McGregor returns to the cage this Saturday night (Aug. 20, 2016) with revenge on his mind. The main event of UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will see “Notorious” take on personal boogeyman, Nate Diaz, in a must-win fight for the Irishman’s legendary ego.

In addition, Anthony Johnson takes on Glover Teixeira in a Light Heavyweight No. 1 title contender eliminator and Rick Story looks to end Donald Cerrone’s Welterweight resurgence.

Those are just the cherries on top of a delicious mixed martial arts (MMA) sundae.

Jesse Holland — who normally pens this event-driven drivel — left a note that he’d be in his basement all week and that we shouldn’t disturb him under pain of death; therefore, I left him some Beneful and a bowl of water by the door and decided I’d be your Nostradumbass for the week.

Let’s get to it:

170 lbs.: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor (19-3) has the tools to beat Nate Diaz (19-10). Hell, he had the tools before the first fight. He simply fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia,” but only slightly less well-known is MMA’s version: Never get caught up trying to knockout a Diaz with shots to the head.

Sure, Josh Thomson managed it, but he had to kick Diaz so hard it left a damn dent in his shin.

McGregor completely failed to target the body and slow the Diaz snowball. Now that he knows how important it is to do that, he should be able to win the rematch, right?


McGregor lost in about the most humiliating fashion possible. Diaz took his best shots, rocked him in return and left him scrambling ….View full article

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