Conor McGregor, Anthony Johnson, Donald Cerrone All Favored Ahead of UFC 202

By Brian Knapp Aug 14, 2016

Oddsmaker confidence in Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor appears to have been shaken.

According to BetDSI.com, McGregor currently stands as a slight -117 favorite, as he prepares for his non-title rematch with “The Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz (-103) in the UFC 202 main event on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Anthony Johnson (-210) will meet Glover Teixeira (+175) in the co-headliner, perhaps with a shot at the UFC light heavyweight crown on the line.

McGregor saw his 15-fight winning streak grind to a halt at UFC 196 on March 5, as he submitted to a second-round rear-naked choke from Diaz. The loss was the SBG Ireland rep’s first since November 2010 and interrupted a run of sustained success that included his 13-second title-clinching knockout of Jose Aldo, along with victories over Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway. McGregor has never suffered back-to-back defeats as a professional.

Diaz, meanwhile, has rattled off back-to-back wins since losing a lopsided decision to Rafael dos Anjos in 2014. The 31-year-old Cesar Gracie protégé has been a UFC mainstay for more than nine years and has compiled a 14-8 record inside the Octagon. Dangerous anywhere in the cage, Diaz boasts 16 finishes among his 19 career victories, 12 of them by submission and four others by knockout or technical knockout.

Other favorites on the five-fight main card: Donald Cerrone (-165) over Rick Story (+140), Hyun Gyu Lim (-275) over Mike Perry (+230) and Tim Means (-415) over Sabah Homasi (+335).

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