UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz
Main event review by a Malaysian MMA fan
What a night it was — both champions got submitted by rear naked choke after thrilling exchanges. For the first time, Conor McGregor was fighting 25 pounds heavier than his usual weight class in the UFC and had a reach disadvantage. Not to mention about his lack of ground game. McGregor (19-3) was supposed to fight Rafael dos Anjos (25-7) for the lightweight title but dos Anjos had to pull out due to broken foot. Although it was no longer a title or a lightweight fight, Nate Diaz (19-10) was a brilliant replacement and the fight was pretty entertainment.
McGregor was confident enough to step further into unfamiliar territory while Diaz, too, accepted the fight in short notice. Both were equal in trash-talking but had different styles — one with arrogance and the other... don't-give-a-fuck attitude. Diaz started the fight usually cautious and got his left eye bloodied up by a cut from McGregor's lefty. McGregor clearly won the first round.
In the second round though, Diaz was getting warmed up, starting trash-talking back with hand gestures and it got McGregor's ego to drop his hand and that constant opening allowed Diaz to land some strong combos. McGregor got staggered and was forced to go for the double-leg takedown when Diaz was pressing forward with plenty more punches. Diaz sprawled and effortlessly transitioned to a guillotine choke hold. McGregor turned into Diaz to defend that and allowed Diaz set up an armbar but McGregor sensed that right before Diaz executed it and gave away the mount instead. Diaz poured the ground and pound a bit before McGregor turned and gave his back which was the end game. Diaz got his arm deep into the neck and McGregor tapped out quite quickly.
WOW.......Diaz wins !!!!!
Posted by The Boxing Page. on Saturday, 5 March 2016
When Joe Rogan asked what he thought of the fight during the interview, he simply said, "I'm not surprised motherfucker." He was hilarious and yet both fighters embraced and showed respect to each other. These two are undoubtedly few of the best fight promoters in the sport right now. It'd be interesting to see if McGregor would try to improve his ground game after reminding the world where his weaknesses are.
For Miesha Tate (18-5), it was like a dream come true. She got trashed by Ronda Rousey twice, cried during post-fight press conference but she never gave up and now she's the new UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion of the World after choking out Holly Holm (10-1) in the fifth round (she went unconscious). It was probably the best women's bout I've ever seen so far.
Holm was superior on standup and likely leading on the judges' scorecard but was totally vulnerable to be taken down. Tate had to be very patient and careful as Holm's counter striking was landing efficiently, but when she did get the takedown, she lets Holm know she meant business. Like McGregor, Holm had zero ground game. So, the story so far, Rousey defeated Tate twice easily, Holm knocked out Rousey, and Tate submitted Holm. Can't say it didn't take a while but this division has just gotten more interesting.
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