Despite Conor McGregor's decisive loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, the Irishman is still a slight betting favorite heading into the welterweight rematch at UFC 202.
Rafael dos Anjos, however, who was originally supposed to take on McGregor in a champion vs. champion lightweight superfight before pulling out with a broken foot, thinks Diaz has the advantage.
Welterweight was uncharted territory for McGregor, and 'The Notorious' bragged about eating two steaks a day in the lead-up to UFC 196. After a successful first round, the signs of exhaustion began to show as Diaz found his rhythm in the second. A 1-2 combination followed by a barrage of punches signaled the end for McGregor, as the Irishman desperately shot for a takedown and was reversed and submitted with a rear-naked choke.
Analyzing the rematch, dos Anjos told TMZ that Diaz' full training camp will make the difference.
"It's hard to advise him, because Nate Diaz was on vacation when he got a call to fight him," dos Anjos said ahead of his lightweight title defense against Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 90. (h/t Jonathan Bradley of FOX Sports). "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."
Diaz vs. McGregor II, which will headline the UFC 202 pay-per-view on August 18, takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.