UFC 196 takes place on March. 5 with not one, but two main events you won’t want to miss. Conor McGregor faces off against Nate Diaz, while Ronda Rousey conqueror Holly Holm takes on Miesha Tate. Here’s 5 things you’ll need to know before fight night!
It’s showtime! UFC 196 promises a whole a lot of action with two blockbuster fights dominating proceedings. Holly Holm, 34, who famously knocked out Ronda Rousey, is squaring off against the popular Miesha Tate. While in the main event, Irish brawler Conor McGregor, 27, will go toe-to-toe to defend his UFC Championship against Nate Diaz, 30. Read on to find out some useful facts about the big fight night!
What time do the fights begin?
The main card airs on pay-per-view and starts at 10 p.m. EST. But before we see Conor and Holly’s fights there are three more before that. Gian Villante takes on Ilir Latifi, Corey Anderson goes up against Tom Lawlor and Amanda Nunes will battle it out with Valentina Shevchenko. If you want to watch the preliminary cards, the first portion is at 6.30 p.m. EST on UFC Fight Pass and the second begins at 8 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1.
Where are the fights taking place?
Like most of UFC’s biggest events, as well as the biggest boxing fights EVER, UFC 196 takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. There won’t be a spare seat in the house, and the arena will be filled with tons of Conor fans cheering on the champ.
How much is Conor McGregor earning for his fight?
The disclosed purse for Conor is $1 million, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which is the first in UFC history. Thanks to his pay-per-view bonus, his sponsorship and various other fight deal, Conor has admitted he expects to make over $10 million. Not bad for a night’s work!
What’s at stake?
World Champion Holly is defending her belt for the first time since defeating Ronda last November in Melbourne, Australia. She may have only fought 11 UFC fights, but she has plenty of experience when it comes to being a multiple world champion as a boxer.
Who will win?
That’s a tough one to call. In the main event Conor will do well to finish off his scrappy opponent early and avoid getting caught in a wrestling match with Nate, who boasts far superior skills in that department. Conor’s claim of a first round knockout won’t come that easy. Holly will also want to keep her distance from Miesha, who will look to get her on the ground early. If Holly picks her opponent off with her long jab, this won’t even be a contest.
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