Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/5/16
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
UFC: Saturday, March 5, 2016 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
The Line: Nate Diaz +335 / Conor McGregor -420 Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Conor McGregor enters this fight with a 19-2 record and is winning 89 percent of his fights by knockout. McGregor has won 15 straight fights and is coming off a December win over José Aldo. McGregor is averaging 5.53 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.7 percent. McGregor is averaging 1.92 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 83.3 percent. McGregor doesn’t need an introduction, as he’s the face of men’s UFC and has a relentless striking game. McGregor is also a fierce competitor who won’t go down easily despite the circumstances. The concern for McGregor is that he’s moving up two weight classes for this fight, a risky move for the defending champ. This will be McGregor’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.
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Nate Diaz enters this fight with a 19-10 record and is winning 58 percent of his fights by submission. Diaz has split his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Michael Johnson. Diaz is averaging 4.3 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.2 percent. Diaz is averaging 1.21 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 30.7 percent. Diaz is a pretty balanced fighter who has an impressive reach of 76 inches, two more than McGregor. Diaz is a physical and powerful striker who also knows how to finish fights once he gets his opponent to the canvas. The concern for Diaz is that he is taking this fight on short notice and has been very inconsistent throughout his career. This will be Diaz’s ninth fight in Las Vegas.
Diaz is certainly no slouch and has a balanced attack that’s capable of pulling off the upset. However, Diaz has been hit or miss throughout his UFC career, and McGregor is the most accomplished fighter he’s going to run into. Not to mention McGregor has given us little reason not to back him, as the Irishman is at another level right now.
McGregor gets yet another victory.