Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor, UFC 196, 5 March 2016
The benefit of having a monopoly-like promotion in the fight world like the UFC is that most if not all the best MMA fighters in the world are under one roof. The UFC has the ability to give us fantastic match-ups that are not only fun for the fans but phenomenal for the sport.
One such special fight is Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor. Conor one of the promotions fastest rising stars with legitimate skill to back it up. He has cut through the entire featherweight division on a rampage. But now he meets Nate Diaz, one of the fight world’s favourite rebellious sons with a multitude of fight of the night, submission of the night, and knockout of the night bonuses.
Nobody knows who will win the fight, but what is certain is that it’s going to be an awesome fight to watch.
Some may say that Conor McGregor is crazy. He fights at featherweight and has become the weight division’s champion, defeating one MMA’s top pound-for-pound kings, Jose Aldo, in less than 14 seconds. Now he is taking a Welterweight fight against Nate Diaz. Conor has been a lightweight champion before in his life before the UFC. But that still means he is competing at a weight much heavier than he is used to.
Nate Diaz is a battle-tested veteran with a unique boxing style and dangerous jiu-jitsu. Although he was not the first pick for replacing Rafael Dos Anjos, he was the fighter than many critics believed to be Conor’s easier fight. In addition to being the underdog for Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor, he also only had 2 weeks to prepare for the fight. Thankfully the Diaz brothers train and keep fight all year round!
Many members of the fight world picked Conor to win the fight. They described Nate as a good and tough fighter but with a very readable and understanable style. Conor McGregor on the other hand is a master at preparing for fights, and a master at understanding movement. On a cerebral level, it seemed that Conor would have the advantage. But we’re forgetting one thing here. We are dealing with a Diaz.
In the first round of the fight. It is clear that Conor seems to be a little uncomfortable with Nate’s long reach. Conor isn’t pressuring and badgering Nate as much as he usually does. Nate on the other hand is able to start seeing and avoiding Conor’s striking. Nate is also establishing his right jab. Towards the middle of the round, Conor also finds his distance with his strong left and draws blood from Nate’s brow. The round ends with Nate taking Conor down but Conor ending up on top. Not much ground and pound damage done but an exciting round that signals more action to follow.
In the second round, Conor starts to turn up the volume and lands his dangerous left more and more. To my recollection Diaz has almost never been finished via KO. Can McGregor’s mysterious power be the first to do it? Conor lands more and more and blood continues to pour out if Diaz’s eye.
Then boom, suddenly Diaz lands his signature one-two. Feeling the accuracy, feeling the distance, feeling the momentum. Conor is peddling backwards as Diaz starts his signature barrage of Stockton Slap pillow punching. Against the fence and dirty boxing, Diaz landing multiple punches on Conor. Conor tries to escape and make a come-back but when Nate Diaz starts landing those one-twos? Its the beginning of the end. Conor running out of solutions takes Diaz down but Diaz winds up in a mounted position. Rolling over Nick Diaz takes Conors back, flattens him out and sinks a rear naked choke with ease.
Damned. Don’t ever doubt the Diaz. Don’t be scared homie!
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