Conor McGregor hammered Nate Diaz with powerful left-hands from a variety of angles during the early stages of their welterweight bout at UFC 196, painting a violent claret picture across his face, but the Stockton native did not wilt.
For a puncher of McGregor’s potency, this must have been a confusing nightmare and it became even more harrowing as the Irishman began to succumb to the intense pace that he himself had set. We all know how the story unfolded from there.
However, despite the fact that he was unable to separate Diaz from his wits in that first encounter, McGregor’s faith in his finishing abilities has apparently not been dented.
During a recent Periscope Q&A, John Kavanagh assured fans that ‘The Notorious’ one believes he can end the rematch, scheduled for UFC 202, inside the distance. If Kavanagh’s own prediction for the fight is indicative of anything though, the plan this time around is for McGregor to break Diaz down gradually and in a more measured manner.
“What round will McGregor win in? Four,” said Kavanagh.
It doesn’t come as a huge surprise to hear the SBG coach make such a forecast, as McGregor spoke of inefficiency being his downfall in the aftermath of his first UFC defeat and acknowledged that he had underestimated the punch-resistance of the bigger man.
Gung-ho wasn’t the way to go, but it wouldn’t be the Dubliner’s style to eek out a decision win either.
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