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Bendo on McGregor vs. Diaz 2: If you box with the 209 'they're going to have a good night'

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As a man who's faced and beat Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson gave his views on McGregor's chances in a rematch and the best way to approach the fight.

It's been a few years since Benson Henderson fought Nate Diaz, but given the onesided nature of their bout back at UFC on Fox 5 in 2012, it's safe to say that Henderson still has a reasonable grasp on how you might go about winning that fight. It's advice that might be especially helpful if your name happened to be Conor McGregor and you were potentially preparing to face Nate Diaz for the second time at UFC 202 on August 20th. I mean, just if you happened to be that guy...

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz first faced off back at UFC 196, in a welterweight contest where McGregor started strong but faded going into the second round on his way to getting boxed up and choked out. McGregor and Diaz were supposed to rematch, as the headlining fight of UFC 200, until McGregor's desire for fewer media duties caused the UFC to pull the plug on the fight. With the stars relatively back in alignment now, the two men are gearing up for the rematch. Fight Hub TV caught up with former Diaz opponent Benson Henderson at a recent Bellator media event, to get his thoughts on how McGregor might fare in the rematch:

"I think Nate's pretty tough," Henderson said. "I think if you box Nate, if you choose to do Nate's game, I think he's pretty good and he wins most of those fights. If you can change things up, if you can make Nate not box, but instead kickbox, or if you can make him not box, but instead wrestle, or if you can make him not box, but instead do something else then you're better served there. But if you're going to box Nate Diaz or Nick Diaz or any of those guys, they're pretty good at boxing, they're pretty good at what they do. So, I'd say if you do that they're going to have a good night."

Henderson himself is coming off a rough decision loss in his Bellator debut against welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov. He's now scheduled to face Patricio Freire in the main event of Bellator 160 on August 26th.