“Surprise surprise motherf***er the king is back!”
These were the words uttered by The Notorious Conor McGregor after his hand was raised in one of the biggest fights in UFC history in the rematch against Nate Diaz.
After five rounds and twenty-five gruelling minutes of back and forth action Conor McGregor finally had his redemption for his second round upset loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 back in March this year.
Before this fight unfolded people weren’t even confident this rematch would take place. After negotiations between McGregor and the UFC brass broke down in the lead up to the originally planned mega fight at UFC 200 the fight was postponed. Speculations surrounded the Irish super-stars commitment to the rematch and people questioned whether it would ever take place.
Luckily for the fans this wasn’t to be the case and the fight was rescheduled to headline UFC 202 in Las vegas August 20th with several media outlets considering the 25 minute affair to be a fight of the year candidate.
Conor employed a much less reckless attack from the very first bell in this outing taking note of his criticisms from the first fight. The first fight saw the Irishman throw caution to the wind with his offence throwing his signature left straight repeatedly often times hitting nothing but air. Conor gassed out shortly after and to compound his already faltering chances he got hit with a perfect 1-2 from Diaz as he loaded up on a telegraphed uppercut.
Not this time.
Conor picked his shots much better in the second outing flooring the impossibly durable Diaz three times over the first two rounds. He also employed leg kicks which are long known to be the kryptonite to the Diaz brothers rangy boxing style.
The fight wasn’t without controversy as Diaz true to form outlasted the early beat down from ‘The Notorious’ and rallied back to gain momentum with his volume punching after Conor slowed in the third round.
The outcome a Majority decision win from the judges for Conor McGregor.
Where does McGregor go from here? Whether its a super fight with lightweight belt holder Eddie Alvarez or dropping back to 145 pounds to rematch Jose Aldo the entire MMA world will be watching.
Remember as always to check back here for both McGregor and Diaz’s next fight as well as the best odds, betting tips and where to bet on these fights.