|Written by Anthony|
Bet on the UFCThe main event of UFC 200 will be the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. UFC betting odds makers opened the fight as a Pick ’em but that didn’t last. Things have changed as Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are set to meet again on July 9.
For one thing, this time people who bet on UFC have much more respect for Diaz after he made McGregor tap out in the second round at UFC 196. Diaz pulled upset victory by choking out the Irishman in the second round of the fight. Diaz deserves a lot of credit for his performance at UFC 196. He was drafted in at very late notice to replace the injured Rafael Dos Anjos, giving him little time to prepare for an impromptu opponent.
In the fight itself he kept calm, cool, and collected, too. McGregor dominated the first round, but Diaz bided his time, landed some heavy hits and used his mat skills to get this one in the bag. Two days after the rematch was officially scheduled, Diaz moved to a -120 favorite with McGregor considered an underdog for the first time ever. Those are uncharted waters for the Irishman, but something that was to be expected after seeing him submit in the second round of their first fight. Having said that said, this fight will again be set for 170 pounds like the first one, even though many think that McGregor was way in over his head at welterweight. While UFC executives and others attempted to persuade him to take the fight at 155 pounds, McGregor was determined to do it again at 170. McGregor’s trash talking, quick wit and willingness to take on challenges has rendered him the most high-profile fighter in the world of UFC betting odds.
“Conor McGregor is a guy who has had fights fall out seven days before he’s supposed to defend his title, and he steps up and he takes on all comers. The guy fights anybody, anywhere, anytime,” UFC mogul Dana White said. “He’s stepped up on late notice and done these things. He wants this Nate Diaz fight? We’ll give it to him.” Nobody gave Nate Diaz a snowball’s chance in hell in the first meeting between the two. McGregor started as a -360 favorite and went all the way to -500 before the market bet that number down to around -400 by fight night.
Meanwhile, Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will have their rematch of their own on the UFC 200 card, this time for the interim featherweight title. Following that, White claims that McGregor will face the interim champion in his next bout to unify the featherweight title. Writer Josh Gross thinks that the interim featherweight title that will be awarded to the winner of Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar is a "gift" for McGregor.