After a tumultuous period where Conor McGregor decided to retire and Nate Diaz also had some sort of falling out with the UFC over his pay, we are finally getting a UFC 196 rematch.
The original bout between McGregor and Diaz was one of the biggest in UFC history, with the Irishman claiming that it actually did more money than UFC 100, where a Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir main event broke all of the company's previous box office records.
The two are now scheduled to meet again, at UFC 202 in August, and bookmakers have released their odds for the matchup. If you were looking at them as a hope to find a clear favourite, you aren't in luck, as the bookies have basically a dead heat between McGregor and Diaz.
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The odds for the bout opened back in April when it was expected to take place at UFC 200, next month. They have since been updated and it is ridiculously close between the Irishman and his American foe.
According to Best Fight Odds, the best odds (obviously) you can get on either fighter are McGregor at -105 and Diaz at +110.
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While that may seem like McGregor is the favourite, there are several bookmakers out there that have his Stockton, California counterpart as the sure bet to come out on top. McGregor originally opened at -118 and Diaz at even money. 'The Notorious One' is as high as -137 on one book with Diaz being a -125 favourite with a different book.
Across the board, the two are pretty much at a dead heat. Not even Vegas can separate the two stars.
Gall vs Punk
Interestingly, you can also bet on the Mickey Gall vs CM Punk fight that has been tentatively scheduled for that event as well.
As you would probably expect, the younger, more experienced fighter in Gall is a clear favourite over the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Gall comes in at a huge -300 favourite with Punk trailing way, way behind at +250. The bookies don't hold out much hope for the 38-year-old former wrestler who only started taking mixed martial arts seriously about two years ago.
The event is bound to be a great one, expected to smash those aforementioned Lesnar-Mir numbers out of the park. But, whoever comes out on top, won't have been an overwhelming favourite or sure thing to end the night with his head held high.
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