MMA Forethought: UFC 202
By Edward Carbajal
UFC 202 is upon us. The card that Conor McGregor referred to as “the real UFC 200,” back in July will be the Irish fan favorite’s chance to avenge his loss to Nate Diaz from UFC 196. With the light heavyweights vying for a shot at the title, Anthony Johnson versus Glover Teixeira will certainly have the winner facing Daniel Cormier soon.
With that in mind, Frontproof Media will attempt to give some forethought on how the main and co-main event could unfold.
Nate Diaz (20-10) vs. Conor McGregor (19-3)
McGregor has been preparing to be “efficient with his energy” for this second fight with Diaz. He has brought in high level submission specialists to be ready to match and defend against Diaz’s jiu-jitsu. He has been training with opponents of a similar build and working a lot of his cardio. All things, he did when he last fought a Nate Diaz, who was on yacht drinking tequila when he took the fight on short notice.
To McGregor’s credit, he did have a strong round one at UFC 196. He landed more shots in the standing exchanges, and when it went to the ground, he managed to reverse his position. However, he still lost against a talented martial artist. This time, Diaz has been preparing and will likely have the same result as their first fight.
Anthony Johnson (21-5) vs. Glover Teixeira (25-4)
This fight is kind of hard to call. At first glance and looking at recent performances it is true that the hand power of Johnson could end the fight quick and early. He has a deadly mix of speed and power and 13 of his wins are by way of knockout. However, if the fight does not end early he has shown that he can lose a lot of steam, and become susceptible to submissions.
Teixeira has been circling the current light heavyweight champ for a while and has been known to be durable and somewhat of a knockout artist himself. He holds 14 wins by KO/TKO and has five wins by submission, mostly chokes. That being said, this fight is not as one-sided as it may seem. If Johnson can drop Teixeira early it is his fight to win. If not, Teixeira could add another submission win to his record or win by decision.
Trying to predict a Mixed Martial Arts bout is like trying to predict the future. There are no certainties or guarantees in the fight game. This year has seen a lot of upsets, especially in the UFC so keep in mind anything can happen at UFC 202. Please share your comments and predictions below.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.