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UFC 202 odds update: How the favorites fare

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There are quite a few solid undercard tilts at UFC 202, but don't be upset if you don't know who's in them, the world only cares about one thing -- Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2. Since the Irishman's almost retirement from the sport, his popularity has catapulted. He has always been his team's best spokesman, but he's now brought on this almost Trump-like arrogance, where he can say anything and get away with it. To his credit though, the man generally comes through on his word.

While we're pumping up McGregor's next bout, we should definitely cast some light on the others fortunate enough to share the same card. Four welterweight bouts and one light heavyweight scrap will fill the night. Of course, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are one of them, Story-Cerrone, Gyu Lim-Perry and Means-Homasi are the other welterweight matchups while the Anthony Johnson and Glover Texiera light heavyweights are on deck to set the stage right before the main event.

Despite their weight class, there are a few heavier favorites heading into the August 20 extravaganza. Donald Cerrone (-165) is favored over Rick Story (+135) and Anthony Johnson (-220) is getting most of the votes over Glover Texiera (+170). The main event is more evenly cut though. In fact, UFC 202 odds at TopBet favor McGregor (-125) over Diaz (-105), but by a very narrow margin.

Why is that? Well, let's break it down.

Nate Diaz isn't too far behind McGregor for good reason. He's won three of his past four bouts including a two-round submission over "The Notorious" at UFC 196. He is trending in the right direction and though his overall record has seven more losses on it, he is entering this fight as the better fighter on paper. McGregor, on the other hand, has won 15 of his last 16, including his latest loss to Diaz.

A big factor is also (likely) McGregor's personality. The man talks the talk and gets people excited for the fight. Once the tilt begins, his finesse and reckless style wins hearts and minds everywhere. So, to sum up, what we're saying is, if you're betting with your head, the answer is Diaz. If you're betting with your heart, it's hard to bet against McGregor.

Either way you slice it though, UFC 202 is going to be a wild night!

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