Conor McGregor will meet Nate Diaz in a rematch at UFC 202 on August 20, but lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos believes that the Irishman will taste defeat once again.
McGregor called for a rematch against Diaz after the 31-year-old ended his unbeaten run with a second-round submission at UFC 196 in March. What made the victory even more painful for McGregor was the fact that Diaz was called up as a last-minute replacement for Dos Anjos, who pulled out of the fight after breaking his foot.
With the reigning featherweight champion and Diaz set to meet once again in a welterweight fight, Dos Anjos doesn’t see the outcome being any different from the first time McGregor and Diaz squared off.
“It’s hard to advise him, because Nate Diaz was on vacation when he got a call to fight him. And on less than 10 days’ notice he still beat him — now he’s got a full fight camp,” dos Anjos told TMZ. “It’s hard to give him any advice.
“[Conor can win] if he can catch him with the right shot, but Nate can take a lot of shots, especially at 170 pounds. Nate Diaz is a 55er, he’s a lightweight. But now he’s fighting at 170 — I don’t know why. But I don’t see Conor winning this fight, for sure.”
Dos Anjos, meanwhile, recently admitted that he is still interested in fighting McGregor and is willing to put his lightweight title on the line if need be. Should McGregor come out on top against Diaz at UFC 202, the possibility of him facing Dos Anjos will become increasingly likely.