The secret to the rise of Conor McGregor is the element of the unknown.

Against Chad Mendes, everyone wondered how he’d handle a wrestler. Versus Jose Aldo, how would McGregor handle the Brazilian’s lethal leg kicks and speed?

The questions keep coming, but McGregor continues to provide answers. His next test comes against perennial lightweight contender and UFC bad boy Nate Diaz tonight at UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live on Pay-Per-View.

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