5 Possible Outcomes for Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

If you are fan of spectacle, UFC 196 is absolutely for you. We’re not talking about the best fighters in a division slugging it out for the championship. Nope, that would be too logical. Instead we have the greatest talker in the game against one of the greatest personalities in the game, in a fight designed to build Conor McGregor’s stature.

Nate Diaz, as skilled of a fighter as he is sometimes, is nothing more than a sacrificial lamb. Rafael Dos Anjos couldn’t fight, so the UFC decided to pluck Nate Diaz, for no reason other than the fight sells. It’s not a guaranteed victory for McGregor, but styles make fights and McGregor will have the advantage Saturday night.

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With these extreme personalities, anything can happen. Let’s look at the five possible outcomes of the main event of UFC 196.

5. Nate Diaz Submits Conor McGregor

God, please let this happen. You don’t have to do anything else nice for MMA fans this year. Just this one time. Diaz is skilled on the ground and has strong submission skills. It is certainly possible that if he can take McGregor down that he could submit him and how cool would that be? A Diaz victory would piss away millions of dollars for the UFC and send McGregor back to Ireland just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s face it, McGregor is the Kanye West of MMA; we know that he’s talented and lives the good life, but also delusional and out-of-touch with reality. No one needs a humbling more than McGregor.  And let’s not forget that McGregor has already lost two fights by submission.

4. Nick Diaz Fills in For Nate Diaz

We love Nate Diaz, but we love Nick Diaz a lot more. There would be no doubt in my mind that Nick Diaz would knock McGregor out or die trying. So maybe they should just pull the switch right now. It’s time for Nate to mysteriously start sparring with his trainer four hours before the fight and bust open his eye, causing the ring doctor to cancel the fight. Nick volunteers to step into his shoes and fight McGregor. Nick spends the entire fight attempting to box McGregor, but never coming close enough to get hit. McGregor wins the fight on a unanimous decision, and afterward Nick complains that McGregor is a p*ssy for not wanting to fight him.

3. Conor McGregor Wins, a Riot Breaks Out

Remember Strikeforce in Nashville? The riot started between Nick Diaz and Jason “Mayhem” Miller that killed Strikeforce on CBS after Jake Shields somehow defeated Dan Henderson. Get ready because we’re gonna see that and more. If McGregor wins this fight on a decision, or some other controversy, such as an accidental eyepoke, cut or bad decision, expect the Diaz brothers, Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields, X-Pac and J&J Security to turn the event into the biggest MMA disgrace since Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000. There’s no way McGregor is making it out of the cage if he wins by any way other than convincing knockout or submission. The UFC had better hope the decision-makers in New York aren’t watching this one.

2. Nate Diaz Knocks Out Conor McGregor

For the fanboys out there who like to take a really close look at McGregor during weigh-ins, understand this: he’s not Jesus. He’s not the greatest fighter of all time. He’s not invincible. He is a fighter, just like Ronda Rousey, just like Anderson Silva, just like Georges St-Pierre, although he’s nowhere near the level of any of those fighters. He is beatable and all it takes is getting hit in the face to show that. What McGregor did to Jose Aldo was unbelievable, but it was probably more of a reflection of a different Aldo stepping into the cage that night. Nate is three inches taller than McGregor and will be the hardest puncher that McGregor has ever faced. McGregor won’t know what’s it like to get hit by a bigger man until it happens. Can he stand up to it? Or will Nate Diaz hit Conor McGregor so hard that he looks like Hornswaggle by the time the night is over?

1. Conor McGregor Knocks Nick Diaz Out Badly, Sending Him Straight To Bellator

If you have seen McGregor lately, he looks like he’s been spending a lot of time in the gym. He must have a great fitness instructor and dietician too. He has transformed his body and it’s hard to imagine him ever going back down to featherweight. McGregor looks huge and Diaz looks he would have trouble filling out a pair of designer skinny jeans. We’ve seen Diaz knocked out by Josh Thomson, who isn’t known for his knockout power. McGregor is stronger, faster, possibly smarter, and has all the momentum on his side. Diaz has had no real camp for the fight. When Diaz is prepared he’s one of the best fighters in the world. When he wings it, he’s middle-of-the-road. There’s no way Diaz is at his best for this fight, which is a bad place for him to be in. McGregor could have his way with Nate and embarrass him in front of the world. The only good thing about that scenario is that might actually mean that McGregor would then get a welterweight title shot against Robbie Lawler and we all know how that would end.  Let’s hope Diaz makes a lot of money for this fight. He might not ever be able to come back if gets KTFO by a man who has been destroying him verbally since last week.

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