In an absolutely stellar main event at UFC 202, Conor McGregor edged a majority decision over Nate Diaz to avenge his loss from UFC 196.
The thrilling fight saw McGregor much more patient than in their short notice first meeting, a strategy which paid off in three of the five rounds. The Irishman was out-working and out-landing Diaz in the first and second rounds, showing off a more disciplined approach and not putting everything into his strikes. Diaz came back strong in the third, and for judge Glen Trowbridge did enough damage to take a 10-8 round, but he failed to follow up in the fourth.
McGregor seemed to gain a second wind as the championship rounds began, and he connected on several combinations throughout the round to keep active as Diaz slowed. Diaz then managed to come back strong in the fifth and final round, sealing it in the final minute with a few big strikes and a late takedown. Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t enough, and they’re now 1-1 against each other.
A third fight could be in play next for each of them, as McGregor called for a rubber match at 155 lbs. and Diaz asked for that fight, but the UFC will have to determine whether or not that’s the direction they want to go. Regardless, McGregor got back a win he desperately needed for himself, and can move forward in whatever fight he and the UFC decide to put together next.
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