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Kenny Florian Explains Why He’s Backing Conor McGregor To Knock Out Nate Diaz

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 27: Former mixed martial artist Kenny Florian (L) and mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen host the 17th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The former lightweight-turned-analyst has gone against the grain for his prediction of this weekend’s showdown between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

The dramatic fashion in which Diaz submitted his rival at their first clash in March has seen the prevailing wisdom of the MMA world come down strongly on the side of the 209 representative.

Last month saw MMACrazy interview a series of fighters, all of whom, without exception, chose Diaz to repeat the feat.

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The stylistic nightmare that Diaz presents sees the skepticism that McGregor’s peers have regarding his chances as understandable. Nonetheless, speaking on his own podcast with co-host and fellow UFC commentator Jon Anik, former lightweight and featherweight title challenger Kenny Florian outlined why he believes that ‘The Notorious’ will shake up the sport yet again.

“I’m gonna say that he [Conor] looks at that last fight and looks at where his career needs to be – he needs to win this fight. And if he knows he needs to win, he needs to fight smart,” Ken-Flo mused.

“He can’t get caught up in the game and get emotional with Nate, and can’t be a victim of the trash-talking during the fight. For him to lose this fight would be devastating for his career. I think he’s the sharper striker – that is for sure.”

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“Nate Diaz will mop him up on the mat, so he’s gotta find a way to keep the fight standing. If he stays disciplined, he wins the fight. When I look at Conor’s camp, everything’s about discipline. He’s changed his whole mentality on approaching this fight, but he’s also gotta change how he executes that gameplan.”

“How does he win? I’m saying TKO. I know it’s crazy, I love Nate, but I’m going with a fourth round TKO.”

The full prediction can be heard below at the one hour mark via the Anik and Florian Podcast on Soundcloud.

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