UFC 196: Conor McGregor Looks “Forward” to Facing a Bigger Man, “Answering These Questions”
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor is the consensus favorite to defeat Nate Diaz at UFC 196, but it remains to be seen how the featherweight champ will deal with the reach and size of his opponent. These are questions, however, that McGregor says he’s looking forwarding to answering.
McGregor has competed at 145 pounds since arriving in the UFC, and in several of his fights, he’s been the bigger man. When he takes on Diaz, however, he’ll be facing a man who is three inches taller than him and who has a two inch reach advantage. The bout will also be contested at 170 pounds.
Recently McGregor was asked to weigh-in on Diaz’s size while talking to “UFC Tonight“, and the Irish star said the following (quote via press release):
“I look forward to it. It’s another question for the fans – how to handle the range, size and weight difference? I enjoy answering these questions. I’m the featherweight champion. I could still fight these guys who are identical but I seek challenges. I rise up, I went to get the lightweight belt, but it went running from me. So I went up again and will answer more questions for the fans.”
McGregor is coming off a quick, KO win over Jose Aldo in December. Diaz worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Michael Johnson that same month.
UFC 196 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.