UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor succeeded to get his revenge after defeating Nate Diaz at UFC 202 main event, Saturday night at Las Vegas, Nevada.
The war between two explosive MMA fighters finally took place for the second time. Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz made sure that the fight will be much better than the previous one. Diaz came into the ring seeking to reaffirm the result of their first bout.
On the other hand, ‘The Notorious’ was gunning for a revenge after being upset at UFC 196. Conor McGregor tried to dominate the fight in the early round, opening with a couple of low kicks. He continued to hammer down Diaz but also received multiple punches from the opponent.
Despite having a bloody face, no one was buying the idea that McGregor already held the upper hand in the match over Diaz. Recalling their UFC 196 fight, Diaz seemed worn out but unexpectedly defeated the Irish fighter.
However, at UFC 202 main event, Conor McGregor did not let the same thing happen. He tried to avoid a ground fight and continued in his pace. The Irish fighter was in big trouble in the last seconds of the match but was luckily saved by the bell.
In the end, Conor McGregor was declared as the winner. According to MMAFighting, McGregor defeated Diaz via majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47). Judges Jeff Mullen and Derek Cleary gave McGregor Rounds 1, 2 and 4, while Judge Jeff Mullen scored it a draw since he gave Diaz a 10-8 round in round 3. Mullen also gave rounds 3 and 5 to Diaz.
“Surprise, surprise, [expletive], the king is back,” McGregor declared.
Nate Diaz thought that he won the match. However, he praised McGregor for a good fight and said that he will be waiting for their third fight.
“Hey good job today, Conor, but we’re going for three. For real. Until then I ain’t coming back.” Diaz said.
With the victory, the trilogy bout between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is expected to take place. However, the Irish fighter needs to return to the featherweight division first to defend the UFC featherweight title. If McGregor insists on fighting Diaz again, there is a higher possibility that he will lose the title to UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
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