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Conor McGregor predicts second-round KO of Nate Diaz at UFC 202

The Dubliner has vowed to ‘return the favour’.

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IT FEELS LIKE a while since we’ve had a prediction from the self-styled ‘Mystic Mac’.

Conor McGregor last night made another one of his bold fight forecasts ahead of his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 this month.

And the Dubliner doesn’t think it’ll be a very long fight, predicting a second-round end to the Californian’s night in Vegas.

McGregor suggested he tried to rush to victory last time out before being submitted by a rear naked choke.

“I think I just got into saying I’d stop the guy in the first round,” McGregor said of the March bout on a UFC conference call with the media.

“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.

“This time, I’m still going to march forward, I’m still going to press him,” McGregor continued.

“I’m still going to bust him but there’s going to be a lot more in the tank and I’m going to be a lot more prepared for a man that can stay in there with me. If I was to make a prediction, and I will right now, I believe I will repay the favour and KO him inside the second round.”

McGregor was in taking-care-of-business form throughout and even had kind words for Diaz’s recent late night talk show appearances.

“I’m not in this for show business,” the Irish fighter said however. “This is the fight business and that’s all I’m trying to do here. I’m going to be a lot more prepared for a man who can stay in there with me.

“I bring it every time and I’m not afraid of no challenges and that’s it, that’s how my career will be remembered. I’m a guy who showed up every single time.”

Source: UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship/YouTube

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