UFC 202: McGregor’s decision win against Diaz was close

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Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor bout could’ve been a draw

Sorry, I haven’t been blogging much about sports lately. I will about Arsenal and more on MMA when I’m done with my training for the upcoming obstacle race. This, I had to talk about, without siding either fighter like my UFC 200 post where I was left embarrassed with my praises for Brock Lesnar after he was tested positive for performance enhancement drugs. However, it is easier for me to be more impartial for this fight as I’m a fan of both fighters.

So UFC 202, the highly anticipated welterweight rematch between the winner of the first encounter, Nate Diaz (19-11), and Conor McGregor (20-3), the current featherweight champion. Not sure if all that chaos and WWE-like promotion were staged but it was funny to see a line of bouncers in the octagon to separate the fighters during fighters introduction. Both of them shook hands, hugged and showed a lot of respect to one another immediately after the bout ended.

Now let’s talk about the great fight. It went all five rounds and it wasn’t dull for even a second. I thought McGregor performed very well within his strategy, attacking Diaz’s front leg the entire time and totally damaging Diaz’s face with his quick punch counters. Despite being a featherweight and an excellent fight promoter with his entertaining trash-talking, this Irish man has knockout power and it’s evident that he’s buffed up and trained hard to prepare for his revenge. McGregor did well preventing the fight from going to the ground, which was where he lost his previous fight to the BJJ black belt Diaz via RNC submission.

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Diaz was pretty much being Diaz. Didn’t seem like he went in with any game plan, seemingly going with the flow, just swinging punches, throwing weak kicks and attempting to slap McGregor’s face while taunting his opponent. His thigh was obviously hurt but he kept on going and tried to check some of the kicks when he could see it coming. He got knocked down plenty times in the bout and invited McGregor to go down to the ground to grapple but McGregor was smart and composed enough to keep the fight on standup where he’s dominating.

It looked like Diaz was going to be finished until the second half of Round 2 where McGregor seemed to have gassed out a little. Diaz certainly has cardio on his side. McGregor begun running away and slowed down his pace a lot from then on. Diaz pointed, laughed and showed middle finger to his face whenever McGregor turned away and ran around to avoid an onslaught. And it didn’t just happen once. But to McGregor’s defence, Diaz was a much bigger fighter than the featherweight champ. Diaz got McGregor backed up to the cage and had a good run of strikes as well from then until Round 4 when it was Diaz’s turn to slow down. In the final round, Diaz did well trying his best to score points by controlling the clinch, doing dirty boxing and finally breaking McGregor’s impressive takedown defence in the final seconds.

McGregor dominated the Round 1 and 4 while Diaz took 3 and 5. That much was obvious. Round 2 was definitely the deciding factor which got McGregor the majority decision win (not unanimous). Two judges scored the contest in favour of McGregor while one scored a draw. I personally would’ve given it a draw as well but was the ultimate decision unfair? I didn’t think so either. That second round was indeed very, very close and I honestly thought it could’ve gone either way by the round-by-round scoring system. A second rematch would likely happen in the near future to complete this epic trilogy.

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