Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz Full Fight Video
LAS VEGAS – UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has never pulled back from a challenge.
Not even the prospect of increasing two weight classes made McGregor flinch.
But for all his valiance, moving up 25 pounds ended up being a bridge too far.
Nate Diaz, who took a UFC 196 main-event slot against McGregor on 2 weeks’ notice, submitted McGregor in the second round of their welterweight centerpiece at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The time of the tapout was 4:12.
” I understood it was going to be a war,” stated Diaz (19-11). “If I’m not in the very best shape, I got ta start sluggish, save my energy, then pick it up.”
It was a bout that was as wild as the brief-but-crazy accumulation, which featured frequent profane outbursts and a skirmish in between the duo at Friday’s weigh-ins.
McGregor overcame Diaz in the opening round, landing the greatest shots and busting open Diaz’s best eye.
But a bloodied Diaz buckled McGregor with a huge left to the jaw in the 2nd. Then he discovered his footing, taunting the fading McGregor and landing shot after shot.
McGregor aimed for a desperation takedown, however that only put him in Diaz’s wheelhouse. Diaz deftly navigated into position and wound up with his 12th profession submission victory.
The featherweight champ (19-3) made no reasons for the loss.
” I took the chance,” McGregor said. “I thought I took first round, I was inefficient with my energy. I respect Nate, he took the punch. These things take place in MMA. I gambled and it didn’t work out.”
The bout was initially set up to feaure McGregor moving up in weight to challenge lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos, but dos Anjos took out 2 weeks before the fight with a broken foot. Diaz was selected amongst several candidates, consisting of Donald Cerrone, to take his location.