The fight has the MMA community split in two over who they believe is going to win the fight, with some thinking that Diaz will once again defeat McGregor given that he has a full camp this time. On the other hand, many think that McGregor will correct his mistakes and get revenge on Diaz.
Ahead of the fight, former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre gave his breakdown of the fight to BloodyElbow:
Yeah, the way I see it is McGregor and Nate Diaz are both “bully” fighters, and the worst thing that can happen to a bully is when the tables get turned around and he gets bullied himself. That’s what happened to Conor McGregor, that’s why he lost that fight. Conor McGregor used to bully people and put people away in the first round because he’s such an amazing fighter, and he gets into people’s heads. But what happened was, he couldn’t put Diaz away because Diaz is very resilient – If I make an analogy it’s like Conor McGregor was pacing himself for a 400 meters race. He gave everything, but at the end of this 400 meters race, now somebody was telling him, ‘I’m sorry, you’re not done yet, you have another 400 meters to do’. And if you didn’t pace yourself, if you go all out thinking you’re going to arrive at the finish line at 400 meters, now you have another 400 meters – you’re done.
There was lot of mental breakdown into that fight, and I think it’s a great example of how a Diaz brother can already beat people mentally, and they’re very good at it. When I fought Nick I was ready for that.