The Newsroom recaps the UFC 196 fight of Holly Holm and Conor McGregor.
UFC 196 favourites Holly Holm and Conor McGregor suffered losses at the hands of Miesha Tate and Nate Diaz in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Holm’s first title defence was going exactly as planned.
The bantamweight champion was leading on the scorecards heading into the fifth and final round before the ever resilient Tate caught her with a rear naked choke, literally putting the Albuquerque native to sleep on the canvas.
Tate, who has fought for the bantamweight belt twice before, has now set up a trilogy title fight with her bitter rival, Ronda Rousey.
The lead up to the fight between McGregor and Diaz was an entertaining back-and-forth exchange between the UFC’s two most gifted trash talkers.
With ego on the line and future lucrative fights in his sights, McGregor had everything to lose.
McGregor controlled much of the first round, landing big left hooks and uppercuts to the face of Diaz. But the Californian was undaunted by the influx of punches, taking it all in his stride.
Even a cut above the right eye couldn’t stop Diaz from pressing forward, throwing powerful jabs that would later rattle McGregor.
Diaz finally got the better of the Irishman, in the second round, when McGregor attempted a takedown that went horribly wrong. Diaz, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt didn’t take long to capitilise on the error, sinking in the rear naked choke and making McGregor tap out in defeat.
With McGregor’s 15 fight win streak broken it is likely the Dubliner will head back down to the featherweight division to defend his title against Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.
Photo of Nate Diaz from his Twitter feed.