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UFC 202 predictions

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The biggest fight of the year is upon us. The stakes are high, the outcomes uncertain and the fan bases fervent. Aside from the Diaz-McGregor main event, the card features an important light heavyweight co-main event as well as a bantam and welterweight contest of significance.

What: UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes

Where: T-Mobile 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.

Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor

I don’t know what to expect, exactly, in the second fight. The first one was created under such unconventional terms that the convention of the present makes it difficult to discern what from the first fight will come along for the ride. As much as the first fight can provide helpful evidence, it courts myths as well. Some suggest McGregor has poor jiu-jitsu, which is demonstrably false. Others suggest McGregor’s cardio woes can’t be repaired, which seems dubious.

But there are reasons for concern if you’re a McGregor supporter. For starters, it’s just hard to shake that Diaz was able to win via stoppage in less than two rounds with virtually no camp. We’ve seen elite fighters falter with last-minute opponent switches, but not quite like this.

Second, one wonders if McGregor’s power has hurt him to an extent. This is a welterweight fight, but he is a monstrous featherweight. His power is as legitimate for that division as they come. This has turned him into an excellent and usually quick finisher. I don’t think he’s a front runner, but he likely knows he can’t win fighting the way he normally unloads. That means he has to compete slowly. Does he really have the ability to stretch ….View full article

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