The UFC 196 card looked to be in trouble by most UFC betting enthusiast once that Rafael Dos Anjos announced that he was not going to be able to fight Conor McGregor. However, when the announcement was made that Nate Diaz was going to take Dos Anjos place, some could say that the card was somehow improved. No disrespect to Dos Anjos, but Diaz presents a more interesting and fascinating bout for the Irish MMA superstar. The interest by fans may have dwindled after Dos Anjos announcement, but once Diaz was brought on to the picture, the interest went to the stratosphere, as many of the best betting sites can attest.
McGregor is a fearless and exciting fighter that last fought at a 145 pounds, for this match up with Diaz, McGregor will jump two weight classes and face Diaz at a 170. Diaz is no slouch and is another exciting fighter that can match McGregor skills on and off the octagon, proven that both have been able to sell this match based on their trash talking capabilities. Practically overnight, the buzz around this fight has gathered almost more interest than the previous card as UFC betting fans have been placing their bets on what could be the best fight of 2016. McGregor will enter the octagon as the overall favorite, according to early odds released by the best betting sites for MMA.
This match could prove to be historic for the sport of MMA, should McGregor beat Diaz, as he could be established as a very impressive feat and one that could cement McGregor as a legend in mixed martial arts. This would be epic accomplishment has Nate Diaz as an obstacle. The quick and strong fighter of Stockton, CA, stepped up to the occasion and immediately held his own at the press conference bringing some serious trash talking skills to McGregor, even accusing him of PED use. There was no shortness of animosity between the two, and both looked to be at peak physical conditions coming into this fight. UFC betting pros don’t seem that Conor will have the easiest night of his live.
After knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds, McGregor was catapulted to superstardom, and became the most talked about and recognized fighter since Ronda Rousey. Diaz, had a his shares of ups and downs and was brave enough to step up to the challenge after, both Frankie Edgar and Aldo declined to be Dos Anjos replacement. If Diaz managed to pull an upset it would shock the world.
This fight will be a showcase of McGregor to the general public, despite not having the Championship on the line, UFC has found an interesting opponent to step into the challenge and guarantee a show for UFC 196. This will fight might not make it passed the second round as McGregor will want to score a convincing win and set his sights on UFC 200. UFC betting fans can expect for McGregor to come out on top and continue his tear on UFC.