When lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of his second title defense against Connor McGregor 12 days ahead of the series, the UFC had choices galore.
You see, just as the featherweight kingpin will inform you, any card headlined by the Dubliner is going to be a money-making bonanza. The marketing first offered the struggle to Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar, but answered the call.
Edgar had been coping with a groin injury that had prevented him from coaching for the several months, while Aldo’s trainer said he wasn’t in good enough shape conditioning-wise to take the battle on this short notice.
Former 155-pound champ Anthony Pettis was just one fighter volunteering his services, linking the likes of Urijah Faber and Donald’Cowboy’ Cerrone. Even B.J. Penn needed a shot at McGregor.
Nate Diaz was more than willing when contacted by the UFC. Dana White allowed the rumors in the air for many hours before determining that the interest from fans was best to get a Diaz-McGregor showdown.
McGregor had told the UFC he would fight anyone on the roster at any given weight. When Diaz’s camp indicated getting down to 155 on brief notice was too much, the UFC countered using a catchweight offer of 160 lbs. Diaz countered with 165.
Whenever the UFC known as’The Notorious,’ he said let’s just do it at 170. Therefore, tonight’s main event for UFC 196 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas is a five-rounder contested at welterweight. McGregor, the 145-pound champ, is shifting up two weight classes.
Advertisement Most novels opened McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) at around -300, but the chances are becoming more expensive with each passing day. As of Thursday afternoon, most places had McGregor favored from the -450 to -500 range. Diaz was around +380 about the comeback (risk $100 to win $380).
Now that we have arrived at combat day, most places have McGregor at -500 or higher. The best payout for Diaz offshore is in 5Dimes, which has him at +425.
The total for’over/under’ wagers is 2.5 rounds (-200 to the’under,’ +165’over’). For those gamblers wanting to shave some of those’chalk’ yet back McGregor, the prop for him to triumph within the space does not offer you much help (-278 in 5Dimes).
If you would like to take McGregor’s information that he’ll dust Diaz in the opening round, that prop offers a +170 return. If you believe the pride of Ireland will make quick work of Diaz, similar to his 13-second demolition of Aldo, there’s a brace at 5Dimes that the fight won’t go 1:01 that offers a lucrative +550 yield.
For McGregor to acquire by TKO/KO (in any round), the price is -275 (risk $275 to win $100). We should notice that Diaz hasn’t been finished in the first round in 28 professional spells.
In fact, Diaz (18-10 MMA, 13-8 UFC) has just been completed twice. He was submitted by Hermes Franca at WEC 24 at the next round, along with the 209 product endured his only career TKO loss to Josh’The Punk’ Thomson at the next round of the April 2013 showdown. (Diaz’s corner threw in the towel.)
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