The highly anticipated grudge match of the year is upon us. Left with thrilling teasers, vivid promos, and hurled water bottles, what else does UFC 202 have in store. With Diaz-Mcgregor to throwdown for the main event, the card’s co-main event holds a title eliminator bout at Light Heavyweight, an interesting welterweight matchup, and a stack of exciting prelim bouts headlined by up-and-coming star Cody Garbrandt.
When: UFC 202 SAT. AUG. 20 DIAZ VS MCGREGOR 2
Where: Las Vegas, NV, USA
There is no blueprint for this fight, it’s not structured to give you an easy outcome. These two talents represent different backgrounds, with one hailing from Stockton, California and the other from Dublin, Ireland. How is this important? Well, having your countries weight on your shoulder’s is a barrier these fighters do not want once stepping into the octagon. Is Conor McGregor looking to avenge his loss or looking to get revenge. Conor is an aggressive fighter and very technical with his stand up striking, with that said, his lost to Nate Diaz proved that striking isn’t everything.
Diaz on the other hand seems very clear minded, almost as if he has nothing to lose. He gives off the impression of it’s just another fight and like the realist he is, this line negates fear “I’m probably gonna get knocked out.” This time around Nate is working off a full camp, touching up the things he needed to improve from the first fight and we also got to see a different side of Diaz since abiding by the media obligations.
McGregor estimates he’s spent $300,000 to prepare for this fight. With the likes of high ranked boxers, and world-class Jiu Jitsu black belts to polish his game overall. Conor maybe learned a few tips but not enough money in the world can save you from a lifelong learner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. It will be interesting to see how Conor poises himself at 170lb, will he force the issue or will he prolong the fight. Maybe the mental fight has already been won by team Diaz, by showing the weeks leading up to the fight. It might be another red panty night for Nate Diaz and ‘The Notorious’ might be shooting for gold come fight night.
Pick: Nate Diaz
‘Rumble’-Teixeira was scrathed from UFC on Fox 20, but this fight made a lot of sense to run it back on a bigger card at the biggest venue. Now that they’re both healthy and ready to square off, they must realize what’s at stake. With Jon Jones out of the picture for now, and Daniel Cormier without an opponent, it’s deserving that this is a #1 contender fight. Teixeira came into the UFC known as a proficient boxer and will enter this fight with the same flair but Johnson is stated to have the most powerful hands in the business, let alone his size. Johnson’s power and pressure might be too much for the brazilian.
Pick: Anthony Johnson
Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
This will be the third time we’ve seen Cerrone in 2016 and he does not look worn out nor does he intend to. His Welterweight division surge has led us to believe he could be a top 5 ranked fighter in multiple divisions. His recent showcasing of his well oriented stand up game is far more superior than Rick Story’s wrestling background and if Story plays the takedown game then he might be in for a treat because Cerrone is an experienced BJJ artist.
Pick: Donald Cerrone
Mike Perry vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Mike Perry is making his UFC debut Saturday, and with only a (6-0 MMA) record. His opponent Hyun Gyu Lim has been in the MMA world for a decade now and isn’t a foe for tough tasks. If Lim uses his size and versatility, I can see this easily going to a quick stoppage.
Pick: Hyun Gyu Lim
Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi
This fight is Tim Means to lose, he hasn’t fought since early 2015 and his outside of the octagon issues could be the definite toll on his performance. Homasi can surprise us all with his debut by using his finishing ability, winning his last 3 fights by TKO (Punches). Homasi has the upper hand, just play the cards right and his hand will get lifted.
Pick: Sabah Homasi
Cody Garbrandt def. Takeya Mizugaki
Raquel Pennington def. Elizabeth Phillips
Artem Lobov def. Chris Avila
Cortney Casey def. Randa Markos
Lorenz Larkin def. Neil Magny
Colby Covington def. Max Griffin
Alberto Uda def. Marvin Vettori