Nate Diaz shocked the world when he defeated Conor McGregor, while Miesha Tate caused an upset of her own by claiming the Women’s Bantamweight title from Holly Holm at UFC 196.
The Notorious has always proclaimed that he is not in the UFC to take part, but rather to take over. And any hopes of him taking over were dealt a severe blow at UFC 196 as Diaz defeated the Irishmen.
At the start of round one there was no touching of gloves, only angry tirades from both fighters. McGregor moved well throughout the opener and landed some good punches, one of which drew blood from Diaz’s right eye. The Featherweight champion appeared to be in control.
In the second round it was more of the same.
However, as McGregor continued to advance and press he was caught by a perfectly timed straight left that had him stunned. It was the deepest strife the Notorious had ever been in and he never responded well as Diaz began to land punches at will. After McGregor tried to take Diaz down in an act of desperation, the former executed a rear-naked choke and forced a tap out.
There was not any great sense of agitation or anger among the McGregor fans. Mostly people seem shocked. It was not loud in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was no great roar, just an odd sensation that something happened that no one expected.
In an interview after the fight McGregor attributed his loss to his own inefficiency while Diaz gloated that the result came to him as no surprise at all.
Tate became the new Women’s Bantamweight champion after she unleashed a brutal front kick and followed it up with a rear-naked choke that saw Holm become unconscious in the fifth round.
“I knew I had to finish the fight. I had to find that perfect time. I had to be perfect in the fifth,” Tate said after her victory.
“She went out like a champion. I have so much respect for this woman. I want to thank her for stepping in here tonight and giving everything she had.”
Earlier in the evening Ilir Latifi beat Gian Villante by unanimous decision in an unimpressive contest.
While Corey Anderson pushed through early adversity to overcome Tom Lawlor by unanimous decision.
Amanda Nunes was the victor in her Women’s Bantamweight fight with Valentina Shevchenko.