UFC 202: Preparation versus talent
By Edward Carbajal
The rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor at UFC 202 is drawing near. It is a fight UFC executives, including Dana White tried to talk McGregor out of. Two talented martial artists are facing each other to see who can get the best of one another. Diaz was the victor in their last fight and earned it without much preparation. McGregor was preparing for a fight and Diaz came in as an alternate eleven days prior to the scheduled fight. So when does preparation beat talent and who has more of one option to beat the other?
The choke Diaz finished McGregor with has been used a lot to sell UFC 202 and is often used to troll the featherweight champion in the aftermath of their last fight. The set-up to the choke is considered a beginner move and memes have attacked McGregor’s grappling, questioning how good he is. He holds brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how much that matter in MMA remains to be seen. “I was not efficient with my energy,” is what McGregor says is the reason for his loss.
Fatigue can kill a lot of talent, even for the most prepared.
Nate Diaz has been fighting for a very long time, almost as long as his brother Nick. Search them on YouTube, and you will find many a bare-knuckle, unsanctioned fight in a gym. That’s how long Diaz has been prepared, fighting on short notice and still getting the win shows Diaz has a lot of talent for fighting. It ultimately secured the victory for him in the second round, after having lost the first round. McGregor’s talent for fighting shined in that round, but he was not prepared for the level of talent Diaz has acquired over a long career.
Now, both men are preparing to face each other August 20. So which will matter at UFC 202, preparation or talent?
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.