Proposition Bets For UFC 196, Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz, Betting Odds for the Welterweight Fight

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Proposition Bets For UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz, Betting Odds for the Welterweight Fight

UFC 196 will be on fire this Saturday night, when underdog Nate Diaz faces Conor McGregor in a fight prepared just two weeks before. McGregor is a well-known figure in the MMA world, so much that he is considered the top performer at this time, not surprisingly he is the favorite and the betting odds are leaning on his side foreseeing yet another victory for him.

Bovada.lv lists Diaz at +290 and the betting odds for McGregor as a favorite are set at -380. Despite these odds and the fact that most MMA experts do not expect Diaz to win, many bettors are in favor of the underdog, considering how the odds are so much better for McGregor.

Sometime between Monday and Tuesday some sportsbooks gave McGregor odds close to 5/1, caused by gamblers turning in Diaz’s favor.

You may recall Diaz from his last fight back on December 19 where he won against Michael Johnson by unanimous decision, which was his first match in more than one year, prior to this fight he lost to Rafael dos Anjos, who was expected to face McGregor in UFC 196 but who later withdrew due to a broken foot.

This will be the first time McGregor enters the welterweight category (170 pound weight limit), after winning the featherweight (145 pounds) title just three months ago. For his last two fights Diaz weighed in 156 and 160.6 pounds.

McGregor had to move up in weight category, this could mean that he may have difficulties achieving a quick knockout, something common for the 27 year old star known for defeating quickly his rivals. Let’s recall how he won the featherweight championship by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds, his manifold of techniques made possible that none of his last five fights have gone beyond the third round.

5Dimes, the popular betting website, set odds for this fight ending before the third round at -163, they also have betting odds for McGregor at -256 to win by knockout, to complete the board any gambler can take the +185 line for the fight ending some other way.

Diaz is listed at +463 to win and +600 to win by submission, these odds are a reflection of his record and the fact that it has been more than two years since he has won a fight that ended before the final bell, last being his victory over Gray Maynard back on November 30, 2013.

Both fighters are famous not only for his fighting skill but also for their “charismatic” attitudes in the UFC. As a sample they trashed each other at the press conference last week, Diaz went as far as accusing his opponent and the rest of the UFC gang of being on steroids.

5Dimes is giving a special betting odd of +160 that both fighters touch gloves before the fight and -210 that they will not. As usual in these high profile fights other sportsbooks are offering a range of proposition bets such as the in-ring behavior of Diaz, for example, Coral listed odds of 1.53 (-188) that Diaz makes a rude sign showing the middle finger to McGregor at any time during the fight.

Diaz got this fight after dos Anjos pulled out of it, we are guessing that UFC’s president Dana White did not have much options suitable for the champion. Other candidates could have been Frankie Edgar as underdog at +150, but he is making a recess to recover from a torn groin. Jose Aldo is just returning to training but in a future rematch with McGregor he would be the perfect underdog rival at +160.

UFC 196 Matchup Odds according to Bovada Sportsbook

UFC 196 – Julian Erosa vs Teruto Ishihara
Julian Erosa   -205
Teruto Ishihara   +165

UFC 196 – Jason Saggo vs Justin Salas
Jason Saggo   -205
Justin Salas   +165

UFC 196 – Jim Miller vs Diego Sanchez
Jim Miller   -150
Diego Sanchez   +120

UFC 196 – Chas Skelly vs Darren Elkins
Chas Skelly   -170
Darren Elkins   +140

UFC 196 – Vitor Miranda vs Marcelo Guimaraes
Vitor Miranda   -300
Marcelo Guimaraes   +230

UFC 196 – Erick Silva vs Nordine Taleb
Erick Silva   –235
Nordine Taleb   +185

UFC 196 – Brandon Thatch vs Siyar Bahadurzada
Brandon Thatch   -325
Siyar Bahadurzada   +250

UFC 196 – Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko
Amanda Nunes   -135
Valentina Shevchenko   +105

UFC 196 – Corey Anderson vs Tom Lawlor
Corey Anderson   -325
Tom Lawlor   +250

UFC 196 – Ilir Latifi vs Gian Villante
Ilir Latifi   -200
Gian Villante   +160

UFC 196 – Holly Holm vs Miesha Tate
Holly Holm   -300
Miesha Tate   +230

UFC 196 – Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz
Conor McGregor   -450
Nate Diaz   +325

Bet on UFC 196  at Bovada Sportsbook.