The intensity of the build-up for the much anticipated rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor was on an all-time high. Fortunately for fans, both fighters lived up to expectations.
What was the high point of the fight?
McGregor expectedly went for the same strategy that Diaz’ previous opponents have fully utilized: leg kicks. Through the opening rounds, McGregor’s hard outside leg kicks were stifling Diaz’ movement.
But it was in the latter part of the third round when the momentum of the fight evened up. With McGregor seemingly showing signs of exhaustion from the flurry he had been throwing, Diaz brought the fight to the fence and began landing his shots from the clinch. It was almost a de ja vu moment from the first fight, but this time around, McGregor was able to weather the storm through the end.
Where do these two go from here?
According to UFC president Dana White, McGregor will defend his 145-pound title after UFC 202. But for his part, “The Notorious” seems to have more interest in fighting at lightweight after he called Diaz out for a trilogy at 155-pounds. He very well should take care of business at featherweight, but it would not be a surprise to see him indeed move up ten pounds heavier.
Diaz is only interested in a third fight against McGregor next, which he stated during his post-fight interview. With that said, the MMA world may not be seeing the younger Diaz any time soon.
Watch it now, later, never?
Many have already deemed this fight as one of the best in recent history, making it a must-see fight.
OHHHH!!!!! #NateDiaz is gaining momentum!!!! #UFC202 https://t.co/ghOpkJCVG8
— #UFC202 (@ufc) August 21, 2016
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