When the UFC touches down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the firm’s long-withstanding policy of putting on the toughest, best struggles and displaying its top celebrities when possible will come to the forefront once again.
UFC 196 has co-main events slated for March 5 2016, which will feature Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s showdown with fill-in fighter Nate Diaz in a non-title bout at 170 pounds. The next main event sees Holly Holm (David to Ronda’s Goliath) shield her bantamweight title for the first time against Miesha Tate at 135 lbs.
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This week’s UFC card has been supposed to provide McGregor an chance to fight for the UFC lightweight belt against current champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That fight had to be axed because Dos Anjos broke his foot and will be sidelined until at least May.
That abandoned UFC president Dana White in limbo and desperate to find a fighter to step up against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC today. Cue Nate Diaz.
In my view, Diaz presents a number of problems for McGregor along with his his resistance to the Irishman’s thoughts games. He’s only lost via KO after in his career. And when he can keep it shut for five rounds, then a decision win isn’t out of the question.
Over in the other co-main event, Holly Holm was catapulted into the spotlight after beating UFC poster woman Ronda Rousey back in November. In what has been dubbed one of the great upsets in sports history, Holm’s KO of Rousey came courtesy of her outstanding boxing and analytical abilities. While she may have a few flaws, her camp insists they’re not anything to»worry about» and Holly will be on top of her game once again despite all of the additional media attention and tension.
Holm’s competition, Tate, comes into this battle as no slouch. Tate has proven she is a great wrestler and can endure toe-to-toe with some of the sports greatest female opponents. Her best plan of action for winning this fight is going to be to take the battle to the ground and attempt to submit Holm. In case Tate leaves it up to the judges, then it’ll be tough to claim victory because to be the champion you have to beat the champion — clear and clean.
Our friends over at 5Dimes offer you a number of the best lines available for UFC 196, therefore let’s take a peek at some of the best prop bets available.
This is just a hunch drama, but the line and value is too great to pass up. I have encounter a few sources stating how much Diaz respects the work of McGregor. I know that in a sport this barbarous, you ought to be ruthless and don’t have any regard for anybody but yourself pre-fight. But, I think both fighters know the situation and will touch gloves from respect.
Respect is definitely due for Nate as he’s taking this battle on such short notice, and McGregor’s preflight antics (as usual) are nothing short of awesome. I will give both fighters kudos right now for helping me win this bet and giving a short instant of admiration for the sport.
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