After all the analysis and build-up on fight week this week, my predictions for UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz are in.
The official weigh-ins for the event, which were held on Friday in Las Vegas (watch here) further deepened my belief that both champions will prevail on Saturday night.
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm looked sharp and ever-ready to retain her title against Meisha Tate. There will be no letdown for Holly in this contest. The big difference in my mind as it was with Ronda Rousey is Holm’s camp with Jackson/Winkeljohn based out of New Mexico. She has all the support from her team as well as the best training partners to push her while Tate’s camp is limited.
I am almost sure Meisha is not training with any UFC champions nor recieving input from the top coaches in all of MMA, certainly not on the level of Holm’s training partners and coaches. Holm will be ultra prepared with a rock solid game plan to go with her world class skills. That is a tough combination to top.
“Cupcake” Tate also seems to block punches with her face and this fight will be no different. She will struggle trying to drag “The Preacher’s Daughter” to the ground and will take massive punishment in the process. I am picking the champion by third-round (vicious) KO.
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