Posted by Manny Fonseca @mannyfonseca
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Manny Fonseca

One thing you won't have to worry about? Nate Diaz falling over in the middle of the fight a la Dada 5000.

Probably because Nate Diaz is one of the most well-conditioned athletes in the entire fight game and his boss, UFC president Dana White is singing his praises.

"Nate Diaz has been training for a triathlon. Nate Diaz is in phenomenal shape right now. So he's not coming in out of shape. He's in phenomenal shape right now."

But being in good shape isn't enough to win fights, a fighter has to... well... be able to fight too. Especially when going up against a champion like Conor McGregor.

It's not like Diaz is a scrub, he's going into his fight with McGregor coming off a three round decision over Michael Johnson last December. A fight where he was routinely smiling and taunting his opponent throughout. A trait that his future opponent, McGregor, carries.

Diaz appears confident going into his fight with the Irish champ. He had this to say:

"Conor McGregor, you're taking everything I worked for, motherfucker. I'm going to fight your fucking ass. You know what's the real fight, what the real money fight is. It's me, not these clowns that you already punked at the press conference. Nobody wants to see that. You know you beat them already. That's the easy fight. You want that real shit right here."

Whatever the outcome, it's clear that both fighters are ready for one another which should lead to an emotionally-charged fight.

UFC 196 is going to be a good night. The co-main event will feature a women's bantamweight champion match against Holly Holm and Miesha Tate.