As the biggest UFC event in history nears, many UK fans will be anticipating a late night (early morning). The main fight of UFC 202 is set to start at 5 am on Sunday, meaning oversea spectators have a choice to make.
For fight enthusiasts, it won’t be a case of whether to watch the bout or not. The two options will be- to stay up all night or to set their alarm for the morning. The latter option isn’t one to be advised unless there is a busy day planned for Sunday, if not then use the day of rest to its fullest and catch up on lost sleep.
McGregor v Diaz 2 Build Up
The first match-up between these fiery competitors had everything and this meeting is likely to replicate that firework display. Yesterday already saw an explosion of raw emotion with bottles thrown at the press conference.
· Conor McGregor- 19-3 (17 KO’s & 1 Sub)
· Nate Diaz- 19-10 (4 KO’s & 12 Sub)
The First Fight
The first time that Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz squared off was on March 5th, and it definitely didn’t lack excitement. The Irishman was initially scheduled to face Rafael dos Anjos but the lightweight champion had to drop out due to a broken foot sustained in training. Nate Diaz then got the call and despite not training for the fight and it only being ten days away he accepted. That wasn’t the last obstacle to overcome, McGregor had already gone up one weight class for his original showdown with dos Anjos but to face Diaz he would have to go up another weight to fight the bigger man. The starlet didn’t evade the challenge and the fight was made right away, with them going for the mental warfare immediately it had fight of the year written all over it before it even begun. Despite McGregor’s early success he couldn’t stop the durable American. Diaz rocked him with strikes and then the skilled Jiu-Jitsu fighter dominated McGregor on the canvas to win by submission. The show attracted over 1.5 million pay per views and is the second most watched UFC event of all time meaning the next fight will most likely top that.
Yesterday’s press conference heated up once again, Diaz walked away with his team and it ended with bottles flying. The Featherweight Champion was ushered off the stage and Dana White ended the media obligations. Fans were wondering what to expect from the self-proclaimed best in the game, with some expecting Conor’s ego to be bruised from the last result. This has been far from the truth and he has even labelled Nate’s win as “lucky”. It will now be interesting to see the eagerly anticipated weigh-in that takes place tomorrow.
How To Stay Up For The Biggest Fight in UFC
Ensuring you stay awake for the big event will come down to numerous factors, so be sure to prepare appropriately.
That’s right, preparation is involved in watching a fight of this magnitude. As ridiculous as it may seem now, you will thank these tips later. First, be sure you have the right channel. Coverage is on BT Sports and the last thing you need is to be dealing with activating channels first thing in the morning. Find out how much it will cost you and have the channel switched on a day before, be sure to browse Sky for promotions and offers.
Make a plan and stick to it. Either set your alarm for the morning or stay up. If you aim to stay awake then you may want to wake up late on Saturday and free up your Sunday.
It’s a long haul, you’ll want energising snacks and plenty of drinks. Decide whether coffee is a good call for you and have a number of enjoyable treats to enjoy throughout the fight. Stock up ready for Saturday’s card with Sainsburys
You aren’t going to get far twiddling your thumbs for eight hours. You may want to pop out or have something planned. When you get back, get yourself pumped for the fight with build-up on YouTube. You can embrace the conference, interviews and the UFC Embedded videos that display an insight into their daily training. Also jot down noteable fights, there will be some that stand out, have the time stored in your head and be ready for them.
Going alone means more chance of falling asleep. Have people round or go to a friend’s, you’re more likely to enjoy the experience opposed to waking up to the result.
Enjoy UFC 202
Most of all be sure to take in this moment and who knows, there might even be a McGregor v Diaz trilogy. This exciting prospect will have the world talking regardless of the outcome. Get yourself ready for the action packed card and a bundle of unbelievable MMA contests from start to finish.
By Daniel Treasure, 18th August.