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Daily Update: 3 days til McGregor vs. Diaz; Wrestlemania card taking shape

McGregor vs. Diaz

Weight Weight... Don't Tell Me!

By Dan Velten

We are just over 72 hours until the greatest trash talker of all time, Conor McGregor, gets into the octagon to fight fellow trash talking enthusiast, Nate Diaz. The interesting part of this fight is the weight situation.

The weigh-in for the show is about 48 hours away, which is prime weight cutting time for the fighters, meaning hours of sauna, cardio, nutritional manipulation, and getting as close to death as possible, and now being unable to rehydrate with IV fluid. However this time, McGregor, the 145lb champion who was scheduled to face the 155lb champion, is stepping up a second weight class to fight the always game Nate Diaz at 170lbs, who usually fights at 155lbs.

Did you get all that? All of this occurred because of the injury to 155lb champion Raphael Dos Anjos. With RDA out and McGregor needing a fight on short notice, Diaz, who last fought in December, took the fight on short notice but declared he could not make the lightweight weight class limit of 155lbs in time, and thus the fight will take place at welterweight which is 170lbs. It's interesting that they went with 170lbs instead of a catch weight at say 160lbs. 

It will be even more interesting to see the physiques of these two men on the scale as neither man should need to cut ANY weight. Heck, McGregor is literally being spotted 25lbs. This fight should really show if cutting weight matters. Theoretically, both men will be fully hydrated, fed, and coherent stepping on to the scale, and will enter the cage at that same weight.

It's really a telling statement that Nate Diaz, who took the fight on about ten days notice, can not make his own weight class. Fighters usually only need a week to make their weight class, which is still stupid, but it tells me that Diaz has either not been training or feels like he can have an advantage being the naturally bigger man. Regardless, I can only imagine that with the mental toll of weight cutting not being an issue, both men will be focused on what is really important, which is of course, talking smack.

I can not "weight" for the weigh-ins. 


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McMahon's background, what about the TV angle is based on real life and what is based on fiction, where the idea for this year's WrestleMania first came from and what year it was first planned for, the story on Roman Reigns, the blood, and why that angle took  place.  What the current deal is for McMahon, various possible scenarios and the situation with Roman Reigns.  Shane McMahon's career in WWE, his attempts to run businesses in the past, high profile deals he attempted to put together that his father shot down, deals he tried to put together away from his father, and his latest venture and how changes in that company have changed his power. 
 
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Bellator announced Wednesday they have signed former UFC and PRIDE star Wanderlei Silva to an “exclusive multi-year, multi-fight contract”.

The 39-year-old has fought against several current Bellator fighters like Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz, but the catch is that he can’t legally fight in the U.S. until May 2017 at the earliest.

So what’s really happening here? Bellator keeps him away from World Series of Fighting (which was a longshot anyway) and there is a slight possibility he could compete overseas for Rizin, Bellator’s partners. Would that be frowned upon in the U.S. when he reapplies for a license? Maybe, but considering the state commissions the company has run in lately, that likely wouldn’t be an issue. Again, that could even be a longshot.

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  • If you missed the legendary press conference between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, Fox Sports put out a 1 minute highly edited yet still awesome version of the full video.
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205-pound champion Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones

125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo

Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza

Robert Whittaker vs. Rafael Natal

Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili

Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima

Marcos Rogerio De Lima vs. Clint Hester

James Vice vs. Glaico Franca

Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee

Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele

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