By Ryan Burton
Tonight, the T-Mobile Arena will host the highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. They first fought on March 5th when McGregor controlled the action in the first round before Diaz - who took the fight as a late replacement on 10 days notice - submitted McGregor to score the upset victory and a lucrative rematch.
Prior to the fight, McGregor had his name linked to Floyd Mayweather Jr. as both fighters hinted at the possibility of facing each other in a fight held under boxing rules. While the possibility of the fight seems remote, it likely would be thrown out out the window forever if McGregor loses to Diaz again.
BoxingScene.com recently caught up with WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas' trainer Dewey Cooper as who is one of the most well versed fighters around. They are currently in the early stages of their training camp for their November 5th pay-per-view showdown against Manny Pacquiao.
In addition to being a top level trainer, Cooper is also is a former kick boxing champion, accomplished boxer, and Muay Thai fighter. He believes the McGregor and Diaz rematch will play out similarly to their first fight.
"I think we will see much of the same. Conor will get off early and land some nice combinations and probably win a round or two but eventually I take Nate Diaz by stoppage. I think by about the third round - by about the fourth round the fight will be over. I gotta roll with Nate Diaz. Big ups to Nick Diaz - a good friend of mine also," Cooper explained.
BoxingScene.com also recently spoke to former welterweight champion Andre Berto who is good friends with McGregor. He said that McGregor admitted to overlooking Diaz in their first fight, a fact that Cooper agrees with, but doesn't think will change the outcome of their upcoming fight.
"Well he probably overlooked Nate - not because he didn't think Nate is a dangerous fighter - but because Nate only had 10 days to prepare so he obviously underestimated Nate's natural conditioning and his natural will to want to fight. Nate is a warrior man. He has tremendous experience and Conor maybe kind of overlooked him because he didn't think Nate had enough time - like a lot of people thought. Nate was partying and drinking beer and hanging out with his people on a boat when he got the call but Nate is a real martial artist. He trains often and stays in shape so I wasn't surprised Nate won the fight. Conor shouldn't have been surprised either and this time I think it will the same. I gotta roll with Nate Diaz," said Cooper.
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