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Tonight, the UFC is back in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 196: McGregor vs Diaz. Possibly two of the best trash-talkers in the business will have to shut their mouths (even though we all know that won’t happen) when they enter the eight-sided circle.
Conor is looking to make his name even stronger, at 170 pounds. I have Conor winning this fight, but with Nate’s experience, skill, and toughness, he could very well upset “Mystic Mac”. Already, we have seen some trash-talk from both competitors in numerous press conferences. Did any of McGregor’s tactics effect Diaz? At this point, it doesn’t seem so.
In the co-main event, the women’s bantamweight championship is on the line. New-champ, Holly Holm takes on #2 Miesha Tate. With a Holm/Rousey 2 still up in the air, this could be Tate’s last opportunity at a title shot. Already two losses to the former queen of the UFC, Miesha already had a slim chance at a third fight. In any case, it is hard for the UFC to give a fight to a fighter who has lost twice to his/her opponent before.
Say Miesha Tate manages to beat Holm tonight, can she do it again to some of the other big fish? Such as Cat Zingano, Amanda Nunes, or Juliana Pena. But if “Cupcake” does not get her hand raised, what is next? That would be she would have lost to the champion, the number 1 and number 3 contender. And a lot of the other female fighters are fighters that Tate already holds victories over.
There are tons of pressure on Miesha Tate as she walks toward the Octagon, she has a lot to lose, as well as a lot to gain. Which is part of the beauty of this wonderful sport. Ultimately, I don’t think Tate will be able to handle Holly, and will lose this fight within the first three rounds.