Conor McGregor came into the UFC promotion as a two weight (145lb & 155lb, Cage Warriors) champion, a feat he is heavily campaigning to replicate in his new fighting home.
Once again though, his title shot at Lightweight against Rafael Dos Anjos has been put on hold through injury and he has to wait for his chance. But Conor being Conor, it now seems that a tilt at the Welterweight title is firmly in view for the Dubliner. Rumour has been rife about a bout with Robbie Lawler at UFC 200 in July and he now faces Nate Diaz – usually a 155lb fighter – at 170lb to allow Diaz the luxury of not having a late weight cut.
It works well for him and it works well for Conor McGregor, who nonchalantly claimed in a press conference the other day, “I don’t care about weight divisions, I should create my own division and call it the ‘McGregor Division’…..I am the best fighter, and that’s it”. And so the possibility of McGregor becoming a three weight champion, completely unheard of, not only becomes remotely possible but actually reasonably likely.
It’s difficult to argue with him at present, coming here on the back of a sensational KO of the pound for pound number one Jose Aldo, it seems that everything Conor McGregor touches turns to gold. Nate Diaz is an awkward, rangy stand-up fighter with excellent hand speed and accurate striking. His Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu is well renowned, but his ability to take the fight to the floor never have been. So in all likelihood, this will be a standing fight between two strikers, but Conor McGregor has the distinct and clear edge. His dazzling movement and deep arsenal of different shots makes him the most dangerous MMA striker in the world right now and the complete belief he carries in his abilities is omnipotent.
Odds of 1/4 (1.25) regarding the straight win for Conor McGregor are a sound reflection of the likely outcome, but Nate Diaz is a respected opponent for sure, despite being the 7/2 underdog. This could be a fun fight, it could take McGregor some time to figure out how to get inside the range of Diaz in order to land some telling blows. With that train of thought in mind, odds of 15/4 (4.75) with 888Sport about McGregor finishing the fight in Round 2 could prove to be the value play. And even better if you are new to 888Sport as you will receive treble the odds on your first bet!