Conor McGregor suffered the lowest point of his mixed martial arts career at UFC 196 in Las Vegas on March 5th.
The Irish superstar had previously looked unbeatable and the pound-for-pound best fighter in the UFC until he stepped up two weight divisions to take on Nate Diaz. The veteran American proved a step too far for McGregor, as he was forced to tap out to a rear-naked choke in the middle of the octagon, suffering his first loss in the UFC.
However, McGregor's camp believe that the rematch between the two is going to end very differently to how the first did.
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Walk in the Park
Speaking to Damon Martin of FOX Sports, The Notorious One's teammate Gunnar Nelson claimed that if McGregor makes some changes to his gameplan and just slows down - rather than going all out like last time - he will claim an easy win over Diaz.
"I think if he takes his time and breaks him down, does what he does best, uses his speed a little bit better and maybe not concentrate on power as much, I think he will walk through Diaz," Nelson said.
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Naturally, Nelson watched the first fight between McGregor and Diaz and noted that there were several mistakes that his Irish teammate made, but that they were all small errors that can be easily corrected heading into the new encounter.
"I think there were some technical mistakes in that fight that cost him the fight basically," Nelson added.
"I mean if you watch the first round and the beginning of the second, he was winning the fight, obviously, he was picking Diaz apart really.
"But there were a lot of shots that were kind of missing. He threw a lot more shots than he had to and I think maybe he rushed it a bit."
When will it be?
McGregor has been working out with Nelson and the rest of his team in Iceland, the place he didn't want to leave for the UFC 200 press conference, and saw him eventually pulled from the card for the fight and announce his "retirement".
McGregor-Diaz 2 was replaced as the UFC 200 main event by the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship while there are rumours that Robbie Lawler vs Tyron Woodley is being pencilled in as the main event of UFC 201, pushing McGregor vs Diaz even further into the summer.
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