This is the second time these two hard headed fighters will meet. And there's no denying that "hard headed" is the way to put it. Both have a history of loud-mouth antics, trash talking, and most of off, actually backing it up.
The last time these two met was really just by chance. McGregor was set to fight another when they backed out from injury. Diaz was called with only a 3 week training period before the fight. But Diaz stepped up and agreed. Diaz ended up winning that fight by submission.
This time around both fighters have had plenty of training and have been able to prepare mentally. On top of that, McGregor is the 145lb champ, Diaz typically fights at 155lb, but for some reason the fight is set at 170. It's said that McGregor did this to recreate the exact same conditions as last time. I don't blame him. He wants to have everything the exact same way as when he lost, so that when (if) he wins he can call it a fluke.
Last time I went with Diaz for the win, though it's a much tougher call this time. Almost tough enough to not want to say at all. But I am going to go with McGregor. Not because I think he is more skilled than Diaz. But because I almost feel like it's being set up that way. McGregor keeps throwing around the word "trilogy" these past few weeks, as if he already knows he is going to win. Call it a conspiracy, but I'll just leave it at that.
Here's the info you need to know to view the fight:
- Saturday, August 20th
- Coverage begins at 10pm EST. They should step in the octagon around 12:30am
- Prelims will be on Fox Sports 1.
- Main fight will be through PPV for $59.99
- Prelims will be on UFC.com for Fight Pass Members
- You can order the main fight on UFC.TV for $59.99