Nate Diaz, who’s known for his strong chin and ability to take punches, did exactly the right things in his fight with Conor McGregor. Diaz was actually the much bigger fighter and showed toughness after getting hit hard by McGregor punches in the first round of the fight.
Some MMA experts believe that Diaz had no chance of beating the ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor. However they are wrong, McGregor was the underdog of the two fighters and Diaz is the dominant fighter.
In the end, it was Diaz who was able to take the fight to the ground and choked McGregor out in the second round to stun the MMA world. The hard-hitting McGregor was trapped and has no choice but to submit. This is McGregor’s first loss in the UFC and his first defeat in five years. He has now three losses, all by way of submission.
McGregor may be an excellent fighter who can stand up and throw knockout punches, but the former featherweight champion has one big fatal flaw, it lacks some ground games. Diaz has an upper hand in this fight, he had the length and reach to avoid some heavy shots from McGregor, who stands three inches shorter.
McGregor has only won one fight in his career by way of submission, that’s in “Cage Warriors FC 47” against Dave Hill.
The UFC 196 pulled in a reported 1.5 million pay-per-view buys, making it as one of the top grossing UFC pay-per-view of all time and the second biggest in terms of buys. A rematch is already expected between the two fighters.
McGregor will get his chance to avenge his defeat to Diaz at UFC 200, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 9.
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