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Nate Diaz pulled off a huge upset when he submitted Conor McGregor in the middle of the octagon at UFC 196 back in March.

The feisty American put McGregor in a rear-naked choke after stunning the Irishman with a swift right hand, forcing the Irishman to tap out for his first ever loss in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

McGregor will face off against Diaz in a rematch at UFC 202 later this year in a pay-per-view that is expected to be one of the biggest in UFC history. One top UFC star sees the fight as being very one-sided, to Diaz that is. 

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The Rematch

Rafael dos Anjos, who was supposed to face McGregor at UFC 196 before pulling out - with Diaz stepping in to replace him - has spoken about how he thinks the rematch will go.

According to dos Anjos, the veteran Diaz has the upper hand heading into the fight, with a full training camp behind him rather than just the 10-day notice he had heading into the original clash.

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"It's hard to advise him, because Nate Diaz was on vacation when he got a call to fight him," dos Anjos said ahead of his lightweight title defense at UFC Fight Night 90.

"And on less than 10 days' notice he still beat him -- now he's got a full fight camp," dos Anjos told TMZ. "It's hard to give him any advice."

Diaz the Victor

From RDA's point of view, McGregor has a chance - just like any fighter does when they step into the octagon - but he is backing Diaz to come good and send the Irishman reeling yet again. 

"[Conor can win] if he can catch him with the right shot, but Nate can take a lot of shots, especially at 170 pounds. Nate Diaz is a 55er, he's a lightweight. But now he's fighting at 170 -- I don't know why."

"I don't see Conor winning this fight, for sure."

As of right now, the odds for the UFC 202 fight seem to indicate that the bookies believe it to be far too close to call. On SkyBet, McGregor is the current favourite at 8/11 with his American counterpart not that far behind at Evens. 

That trend is the same in the United States, where McGregor is a slight favourite at -100, with Diaz only at +100. 

No one can really call the fight. When that happens, you look to take advice from experts. So, strike one up for Nate Diaz. 

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