UFC 196: McGregor vs Diaz – Main Event and Co-Event Tale of the Tape and Guest Panel Fight Predictions

UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz – Main Event and Co-Main Event Tale of the Tape and Guest Panel Fight Predictions
By PDG Staff

 

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday, March 5th to face an opponent in a higher weight class but alas it will be Nate Diaz and not for a shot at another title after UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos suffered a foot injury two weeks ago. Not only is McGregor going up in weight for this fight but he is skipping the lightweight division entirely for a shot at Diaz in the welterweight division. In the co-main event Holly Holm makes her return following her crushing defeat of then undefeated Ronda Rousey last fall in Australia as she takes on Miesha Tate for her first title defense. Tate, already a two-time loser in UFC title bouts, both to Rousey is looking to take advantage of what could be her last shot at gold and Holm will be looking to build on her momentum stemming from winning the belt last fall and to show her skeptics that she is more than a one show pony. So, welcome to the PunchDrunkGamer.com UFC 196 Guest Panel Predictions from fighters, celebrities, industry superstars and more!
 

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UFC Welterweight Feature Fight
Conor McGregor (19-2) vs. Nate Diaz (18-10)

 

Diamond Dallas Page (DDP Yoga, Former WWE and WCW Superstar) – “Conor McGregor will win this fight, how? That I can’t say.”

Joe Stevenson (31-16, Former UFC Lightweight Title Contender) – “Conor McGregor versus Nate Diaz is a must watch. Normally Connor is able to antagonize his opponent and then counter as they attack. With Nate’s length and boxing experience, he could aggravate Conor into making uncommon mistakes. Conor’s unorthodox kicks will come in handy for him and the fact he has been preparing for a five round championship fight. Nate being a crafty veteran, he might choose to engage his grappling and take Conor to the ground and into Deepwater. Fourth-round submission win for Nate Diaz.”

Bas Boon (Head of Business Development at Glory Sports, Manager Golden Glory) – “Conor will win this fight if he comes prepared and has no pre-fight injuries. Diaz’s boxing is not enough against an orthodox fighter like McGregor.”

Paul Bradley (23-6-2, Strikeforce, Bellator and UFC Veteran) – “I would love to say Diaz on this one but on 10 days notice it is just too tough to get ready for a guy like Conor. I am hoping the Nate Diaz who beat Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Michael Johnson shows up and not the Diaz from the Rafael Dos Anjos fight. Still, Conor by TKO in round 2.”

Seth Petruzelli (14-8, Knocked Out Kimbo Slice thus Destroying EliteXC) – “I am going with Diaz over McGregor via submission.”

Scott Casber (Takedown Radio) – “McGregor hands down. Amazingly well rounded fighter. Doesn’t duck anyone at any weight.

Tonya Evinger (17-5, Current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion) – “My whole prediction is based off the fact that Conor plays a ‘smart game’, obviously ego on both sides could change the outcome though. I think Diaz can win with a smart game plan but I think Conor will win.”

Pete Spratt (25-23, The Ultimate Fighter Alum and Multiple Time ISKA US Champion) – “I like the Diaz brother’s alot but I think Conor chose the safest route to victory. If indeed he was going to accommodate a welterweight match up why not choose Cerrone who just fought and came off of a full training camp. I am sure Diaz was in the gym training everyday but not fight camp training. Conor will win a decision I think. But don’t sleep on Nate because he could catch Conor in a slick sub if he gets dropped and Conor dives in for the finish!”

Junior Assuncao (16-5, UFC Veteran) – “Nate Diaz.”

Cyrille Diabaté (19-10-1, PRIDE and UFC Veteran) – “I think Conor’s speed and timing will be too much for Nate. Conor has one punch knockout power whereas Nate smothers people with strikes while taking some punishment. Conor will knock Nate out early.”

Ryan Couture (10-4, Strikeforce and UFC Veteran) – “I think with Diaz on such short notice, McGregor will beat him but I’m very interested to see how the early part of fight goes before conditioning has a chance to become a factor.”

Tim Hague (20-11, Former KOTC Canada Heavyweight Champion) – “McGregor is going to win this fight with a TKO in round 1.”

Andy Main (11-2-1, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Nate is a high efficiency fighter. His cardio will be fine, even on a short notice fight. Nate’s losses have primarily been to people that can grind him against the cage or on the ground and avoid the submission, or people that kick at his legs. Conor does neither. If Conor doesn’t knock Nate out in the first I don’t think he wins this fight. Reach and high striking volume is going to win this fight for Nate.”

Jesse Finney (5-1, Owner of Finney’s H.I.T. Squad Gym) – “Conor by TKO.”

Mike Kyle (21-13-1-2, UFC, Strikeforce and WSOF Veteran) – “Conor McGregor will win this fight in the third round via TKO.”

Felice Herrig (10-6, Member of the First All-Female Ultimate Fighter Cast) – “McGregor versus Diaz should be interesting, especially seeing McGregor fight at a bigger weight class. You could say both fighters are at a disadvantage with a last minute fight. But Conor did have a full camp and this has seemed to work in his favor in the past. Stylistically they are both very game and aggressive strikers. I just think McGregor is a little more calculated and patient. I think McGregor will take this fight.”

James Krause (23-7, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Conor McGregor via Decision.”
 

UFC 196 – Main Event Guest Panel Prediction Results:

Conor McGregor – 13

Nate Diaz – 4

Undecided – 0

 

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UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Holly Holm (10-0) vs. Miesha Tate (17-5)

 

Felice Herrig (10-6, Member of the First All-Female Ultimate Fighter Cast) – “I see this fight stylistically very similar to the Rousey/Holm fight. I think Tate will think she can strike with Holly for a while and when she realizes she can’t she will chase her and get desperate for the takedown. If Holly has a similar game plan to her fight with Ronda, which was stick and move, fight going backwards, counterpunch and take angles she will have no problem beating Miesha decisively or via KO.”

Tonya Evinger (17-5, Current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion) – “Once again… My whole prediction is based off the fact that Tate plays a ‘smart game’, obviously ego on both sides could change the outcome though. I think Tate can win with a smart game plan and I think she will win.”

Diamond Dallas Page (DDP Yoga, Former WWE and WCW Superstar) – “I believe that Holly is unstoppable but saying that I’m Taking TATE … This could finally be her time.”

Mike Kyle (21-13-1-2, UFC, Strikeforce and WSOF Veteran) – “Holly is going to knockout Tate in round 1.”

Joe Stevenson (31-16, Former UFC Lightweight Title Contender) – “I’m very excited to see the Holly Holm and Miesha Tate fight. I feel that Miesha’s fight experience, multi dimensional take down attacks and ability to jump into submissions from standing make her a real threat to Holly. Holly has been training with the best and is the best in the world at her division. While she’s known for her striking, Holly has been around the sport of MMA for quite some time. Holly might shock everyone and strike her way into a submission victory? While Miesha is stylistically Holly’s toughest matchup yet, I believe Holly will pull off a late TKO victory.”

Junior Assuncao (16-5, UFC Veteran) – “Holly Holm.”

Paul Bradley (23-6-2, Strikeforce, Bellator and UFC Veteran) – “This one is pretty simple. Holm will keep Tate on the outside and punish her. If Tate truly believes her wrestling will decide where the fight goes she is sadly mistaken. We have to remember that Ronda couldn’t even take Holm down but yet easily tossed Tate around for 3 rounds in their last fight. Plus Holm has an excellent wrestling coach in Israel Martinez aka Izzy Style, so her takedown defense will be even better then her last outing. Holm by KO in the third.”

Scott Casber (Takedown Radio) – “Holly! Much respect for Tate and her camp but if Holly keeps it standing, keeps boxing and kicking this is her fight to win.”

Tim Hague (20-11, Former KOTC Canada Heavyweight Champion) – “I am taking Holly Holm with a TKO in round 2.”

Andy Main (11-2-1, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Tate has the style and tools to beat Holly, but I think Holly’s movement and level of striking is going to be too much for Tate. Holly KO’s her in the championship rounds.”

Jesse Finney (5-1, Owner of Finney’s H.I.T. Squad Gym) – “Holly by KO.”

James Krause (23-7, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Holly Holm via Decision.”

Pete Spratt (25-23, The Ultimate Fighter Alum and Multiple Time ISKA US Champion) – “I have to go with the Champ in this match up. The only way Miesha wins is to make it an ugly fight and get Holly to the ground and try to control her there. With that being said, Holly’s movement is to good and her patience is even better. People knocked Holm before she dismantled Ronda Rousey saying that she was boring and didn’t have the punching power, etc. Well if you look at her fights, her KO’s have been kick KO’s. I see her being patient again and picking Miesha off with her lack of head movement. Miesha is easily hit and her face will be right there to get hit. I see Holm winning a unanimous decision.”

Seth Petruzelli (14-8, Knocked Out Kimbo Slice thus Destroying EliteXC) – “Holm beats Tate by knockout in round 1.”

Ryan Couture (10-4, Strikeforce and UFC Veteran) – “I think Miesha will keep the pressure on Holly and use her toughness and grit to grind her way to a win.”

Cyrille Diabaté (19-10-1, PRIDE and UFC Veteran) – “Holly will play her game right and be more precise and move better than Miesha. She will eventually be too much to handle for Miesha and thus Holly will win this fight by TKO in round 3.”
 

UFC 196 – Co-Main Event Guest Panel Prediction Results:

Holly Holm – 13

Miesha Tate – 3

Undecided – 0

 

UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz – Fight Card
March 5, 2016
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Card (10:00 PM EST, PPV):

Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – women’s bantamweight title bout
Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Preliminary Card (8:00 PM EST, FS1):

Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly

Preliminary Card (6:30 PM EST, UFC Fight Pass):

Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez
Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas
Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara

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