UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor faces a mammoth task at UFC 202. After falling very short in his first fight with Nae Diaz at UFC 196, the Irish superstar will get an instant rematch on August 20.
Although not in his championship division, the welterweight loss to Diaz left a massive dent in McGregor’s ego. Many also believe that coming off a loss in to his first title defense is not a good look.
The problem with facing Nate Diaz again so soon is the gap in grappling skill. What we saw in terms of Jiu Jitsu defense from ‘The Notorious’ on March 5 was less than impressive. Of course he had been drained from the gruelling fight, but at this level even the smallest mistakes are costly.
With just months between their awesome first match and the second meeting in Las Vegas, how will McGregor manage to make up so much ground? In Nate Diaz he faces a legit and very high level black belt.
Many fans and pundits also believed that Mcregor’s striking would be too much for Diaz when they fought, but that simply wasn’t the case. While ‘The Notorious’ has been busy working on his grappling, we’ve seen a few pictures of him with BJJ black belt Dillon Danis.
Now the results are in…