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Conor McGregor will rematch Nate Diaz at UFC 202, but oddsmakers aren't overwhelmingly in the Irishman's corner. Getty Images

Coupling his always colorful trash talk with a brutish and powerful style like only he can, Conor McGregor makes what feels like a long-awaited return to the octagon when he rematches welterweight Nate Diaz at UFC 202 Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It’s only been a little over five months since the Irish knockout connoisseur submitted to Diaz’s rear-naked choke at UFC 196, but so much has gone on in McGregor’s life and career that his sole UFC defeat seemed to occur eons ago. McGregor’s toyed with the idea of fighting undefeated boxing magnate Floyd Mayweather, retired and then unretired in roughly a day, and was even pulled from his originally scheduled rematch with Diaz at UFC’s bicentennial pay-per-view last month.

Now the 28-year-old featherweight champion looks to get his mixed martial arts career back on track in one more bout above his weight class before UFC president Dana White makes him defend his title against Jose Aldo.

And while he is favored by oddsmakers, McGregor’s currently not the biggest favorite at UFC 202. That distinction, for good reason, belongs to American welterweight Tim Means. According to, Means is a -450 favorite to defeat Titan FC and Bellator fighter Sabah Homasi, who’s filling in for the injured Sean Strickland on short notice.

Still, McGregor, at -130 odds compared to Diaz at even, isn’t even the second-highest favored fighter this weekend, suggesting the betting public and oddsmakers aren’t too enamored with another welterweight bout. In order, South Korea’s Hyun Gyu Lim sits at -285 odds to drop undefeated Mike Perry, who is also an injury replacement for Sultan Aliev, followed by No. 1 ranked heavyweight Anthony Johnson at -200 over No. 2 contender Glover Teixeira, and then McGregor over Diaz.

No. 14 welterweight Donald Cerrone, coming off back-to-back victories, stands as a slight surprising favorites as he preps for No. 9 contender Ricky Story to round out the undercard before McGregor and Diaz tangle.

Below is the full list of odds for UFC 202, including the over/under for each bout and predictions.

UFC 202 Betting Odds And Predictions

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

Odds: McGregor -130; Diaz Even

Over/Under: 2.5 rounds

Prediction: Diaz by submission in the third.

Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira

Odds: Johnson -200; Teixeira +160

O/V: 1.5 rounds

Prediction: Teixeira by knockout in the second.

Rick Story vs. Donald Cerrone

Odds: Cerrone -165; Story +135

O/V: 2.5 rounds

Prediction: Cerrone by decision.

Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry

Odds: Lim -285; Perry +225

O/V: 1.5 rounds

Prediction: Perry by knockout in the second.

Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi

Odds: Means -450; Homasi +325

O/V: 1.5 rounds

Prediction: Means by decision.