McGregor was stunned in his welterweight debut at UFC 196 on Saturday night as Nate Diaz forced him to tap out in the final minute of the second round.
The victory took many by surprise, especially as it came quickly – near the end of the second round.
UFC president Dana White has always been an admirer of McGregor and in a post-fight interview, he spoke fondly of McGregor once again, despite him losing the fight.
He said afterwards: “I took the chance going at 170 but Nate came in. Nate was efficient and I wasn’t”. Now, another man gets a victory over me, he celebrates it. That’s the sign of a loser.
“I took the fight and it did not pay off. This is the fight business”.
McGregor originally challenged lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but welterweight champ, Diaz took the fight on only 11 days notice after McGregor’s original opponent withdrew because of a broken foot.
Miesha Tate is the new UFC bantamweight champion after the longest women’s bantamweight title fight in UFC history Saturday night in Las Vegas.
“I knew I had to finish the fight”.
“I didn’t feel any pressure, and I wanted to have fun because I’ve been through a lot in the last two years”, he said.
“I hope it plays a little bit longer [than the Aldo fight]”. Tate knew her advantages were on the ground, so she tried multiple takedown attempts that were defended well by Holm.
Tate lost twice to Rousey earlier in her career but hasn’t lost a fight since 2013.
After a cagey first round in which few significant blows were landed, the 34-year-old Holm was in trouble in the second round but managed to survive by keeping Tate at bay with her longer reach.
Holm was making her first title defense since her upset knockout of Rousey at UFC 193 in November. Holm won the first, third and fourth rounds before the challenger locked in a textbook rear-naked choke to put her to sleep.
After an incredible fight card as a whole and a very surprising main card at UFC 196, it’s time to see what is next.
The UFC’s plans for an incredibly lucrative rematch between Holm and Rousey just got complicated. Holm fought desperately to get out, but the veteran wrestler sunk in a choke that finally left Holm limp and unconscious.
“My mentality is, it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down in a fight”, Tate said.
He was crude and merciless, and I admit: I generally found him to be really, really amusing.