Full preview of Conor McGregor v Nate Diaz ## UFC 196 ## in Las Vegas, including start time, latest odds and expert verdict.When is the fight taking place?
You’re going to have to stay up very late##UFC 196##, or get up very early, if you want to watch the Notorious Conor McGregor take on Brazilian jiu-jitsu teacher Nate Diaz. The fight will take place in the early hours of Sunday morning, at around 3am.
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Where is it?
The vast majority of the biggest UFC events take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and this one is no different. Expect McGregor’s loyal travelling support to make the famous old venue seem more like Croke Park, however.
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UFC welterweight Conor McGregor shadow boxes for the fans during the UFC 196 weigh-ins
McGregor, 27, has had only seven fights in the UFC, winning six times by KO or TKO, and once by decision. But overall, he is on a 15-fight winning streak going back five years.
For the third time in succession, McGregor is headlining at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, having toppled one of the sports pound for pound greats, Jose Aldo, in just 13 seconds in December to claim the featherweight belt. McGregor is stepping up 25lbs to face Nate Diaz, who has fought at both lightweight and welterweight.The key with McGregor right now is confidence, momentum, and his trademark movement. McGregor has precision stoppage power in hands and feet, but accurate, strong accumulative attacks. Iron-clad self-belief, precision strikes, and his footwork should outsmart Diaz.
McGregor will start fast, move in and out quickly, trying to draw Diaz in and land counters. His left hook and kicks will be dangerous tools in this fight.
Diaz, 30, goes into his 22nd fight in the UFC, including the TUF finale, with nothing to lose. The American has come in on under two weeks notice after the injury to UFC 155lbs champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Diaz is in exciting fights, and has a warrior’s heart. He will be dangerous for McGregor early in the fight.
In 21 UFC fights, Diaz has earned 10 bonus awards. He is a brawler on the feet, throwing clusters of punches, but tends to plant his feet heavily before unloading. But he does have a reach advantage over McGregor, from the southpaw stance.
Diaz is the No 5 lightweight in the UFC at present, and fought and lost for the title against then UFC champion Benson Henderson in 2012. Diaz will look to catch McGregor on the Octagon wall, swarm him, and if he can get hands on the Irishman, tie McGregor up with a dangerous ground game.
What are the purses?McGregor will earn around $10million for this contest, which is a pay per view event in the United States. Diaz will earn around $1 million.
How can I watch it?Fortunately BT Sport 2 are screening the whole of the event here in the UK. But if you’re an expat, the chances are it’s stuck on pay-per-view. That’s what you get for living in a better country.However, you can stay up to date with our live blog right here.
Did it kick off at the weigh-in?
Of course. McGregor and Diaz exchanged a slew of swear words and threats when they met at the MGM Grand, with the assembled crowd – almost overwhelmingly backing McGregor – baying for blood.
Things threatened to turn physical after both fighters weighed in under the 170-pound limit, with both fighters gesticulating at each other and continuing to trade insults. Diaz went to launch himself at McGregor, forcing the compere Dana White to intervene and keep them separate.
“I was giggling at his little soft body,” McGregor said afterwards. “How can a fat guy be so skinny at the same time? It amuses me.”
What have they been saying?
“Diaz is like a little cholo gangsta from the hood. But at the same time he coaches kids’ jiu-jitsu on a Sunday morning and goes on bike rides with the elderly. He makes gun signs with the right hand and animal balloons with the left hand.telegraph.co
“Nate for me was the leading option. There were many, many options but in reality, many people pretended they wanted the fight until the fight actually presented itself. Frankie [##UFC 196 Watch##] never shut up and then when he was given a phone call and a date, he hasn’t been seen or heard since. Jose [Aldo] also, Jose was in camp preparing in case [Rafael] dos Anjos pulled out, and then all of a sudden dos Anjos pulls out with his bruised foot and Jose is not fit.” McGregor on Diaz.