Nate Diaz shocked the world when he defeated Conor McGregor, while Miesha Tate caused an upset of her own by claiming the Women’s Bantamweight title from Holly Holm at UFC 196.
Busch scored a Cup victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2009 but was 0-for-11 in his previous starts in NASCAR’s second tier series. I’ll learn, I’ll grow. It is what it is. “He was efficient. I wasn’t”.
Considering the circumstances of the this fight-short notice, fought at 170 pounds-it will be interesting to see what this means for each fighter moving forward.
The second round saw McGregor looking frustrated as he couldn’t get inside Diaz’s significant length and range.
A shot to McGregor’s jaw saw him attempt a takedown, and Diaz pounced.
McGregor aims to get back inside the UFC cage as soon as possible, but he will leave it to his handlers and the fans on whom he should fight next. Diaz eventually sinks in a choke, and McGregor taps out. And I went into panic mode.
While it was apparent once McGregor went to the ground Saturday that he would not get up, I’m not sure it’s indicative of his future in MMA. “I knew I was the superior boxer, superior martial artist, superior jiu-jitsu [practitioner]…” Holm landed a few good punches, but that was about it. The second round is where things started to pick up. Holm appeared to be out cold when Tate finally released her from the choke to celebrate.
Moments later, the Las Vegan was the new champion. After landing some big shots, “Cupcake” tried to secure a rear naked choke but Holm successfully fended her off. I thought I had to be like a pit bull with a bone [with the choke].
“It wasn’t the right move to shake her off my back”, Holm said.
The Stockton native stunned McGregor before locking in a rear naked choke for the submission victory in the second round- a worthy finish to a insane night of fights.
“Obviously she’s very unsafe. I couldn’t let her get out of that one”, said Tate. I had to find that flawless time.
Amanda Nunes had hoped to make a case to fight next should there be another title fight before Rousey returns, but the upset spun the top of the division into chaos.
“I’m open to whatever he’s considering doing”, UFC President Dana White said. “If I would have had a full camp, I don’t think I would have been touched”. Holly Holm is defending her bantamweight belt for the first time since she took it from Ronda Rousey with that stunning head kick in Melbourne last November.
Round three and four were much like the first with the 34 year old getting the better of the minimal stand up exchanges.