Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2 turned out to be a colossal bout as expected, from start to finish, headlining UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor has finally redeemed his loss at UFC 196, which has been a monomania for the Irish MMA fighter.
Conor McGregor started the fight with a brilliant strategy that kept Nate Diaz in the distance. He was evidently more patient and did not try to rush things, or be too aggressive, which showed how much he’s learned from his first defeat in the UFC.
Diaz couldn’t take advantage of his size and height with Conor’s kicks to his dominant leg. His counter-punching left the American bloodied, but then the tide turned the other way quickly after the second round.
McGregor faded away and it looked like a replay of his UFC 196 loss. He got chased around, and at times was barely surviving against Diaz.
Nate Diaz pointed at him a couple of times as he ran away to avoid his opponent.
If one needs to know the difference between running and tactical ring movement, which Floyd Mayweather is constantly accused of by casual boxing and MMA fans, or even McGregor himself that was it.
McGregor literally had his back against Diaz, who wasn’t too shy about showing his frustration.
According to a report by The Independent Nate Diaz said, “I don’t think he did much and he did a lot of running in that fight and I’ve been saying, and my brother’s been saying for years, he should have got a yellow card for that type of thing, you know.”
“He ran the whole fight, you see me chasing him around pointing my finger and saying ‘where are you going?’ he’s scared to engage and I feel like they should have taken a point for that. On top of me winning anyway, they should have taken a point away, which wouldn’t have let him win the fight, that’s how I feel about the whole fight.”
Conor McGregor did what he had to do, even if it included running to win, but many feel it wasn’t as convincing as when Nate Diaz’ won by submission.
He sustained injuries after the fight, too, which has led to a 6-month suspension, as reported in Sports Illustrated, yet it isn’t uncommon.
But Nate Diaz has revealed that he sustained an injury prior to facing McGregor, which affected his movement and overall strategy in the fight, leaving much to the imagination of many of what could have been.
Is Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather next? Or McGregor vs. Jose Aldo? Leave alone what he just said about moving up to fight at heavyweight next while at the Intrigue nightclub with girlfriend Dee Devlin.
Dana White said there will not be a third bout between McGregor vs. Diaz, as reported by Sports Illustrated, but with the rivalry equaled, and the controversies surrounding McGregor vs. Diaz 2 leaving questions unanswered, he might have to reconsider his position.
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