With two weeks to go for his anticipated rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202, Conor McGregor has a prediction.
He says he will knockout his opponent “inside the second round”, during an international media call on Friday (Aug. 5).
McGregor correctly predicted a first-round knockout against Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in December, and according to UFC president Dana White, McGregor offered to bet $3 million he would knock out Chad Mendes in the second round at UFC 189 … and he did.
However, Diaz ended this run, when he submitted McGregor via rear-naked choke in the second round of their meeting at UFC 196 in March.
At UFC 202 later this month, McGregor plans to avenge his loss, because Diaz got lucky.
“I think I just got into saying I’d stop the guy in the first round,” McGregor said, who predicted a first-round finish over Diaz in March. “If I really look at it, he has a solid chin. He’s durable and very experienced. He has the size and the weight on me. I think that was the wrong thing, to go in expecting the first round.
“I did go out there to KO him in the first round. I marched forward, backed him up against the fence and teed off on his head. I did what I said I would do, but respect to him, he stuck it out. He weathered the storm. This time, I’m still going to march forward and bust him up, there’s just going to be much more in my tank. I’m going to be a lot more prepared for a man who can stay in there with me.
“Even still, I struggle to give him past round three. If I was to make a prediction, which I will right now, I believe I will repay the favor and KO him inside the second round.”
McGregor has also stated he’d be interested in a trilogy fight against Diaz, should he even the series at 1-1.