The upcoming UFC 196 Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz full fight, Conor McGregor promises to KO Diaz in the first round on press conference.
McGregor faces Diaz, Holly Holm rival opponent Miesha Tate after his original opponent Rafael dos Anjos was forced off the card due to injury with less than two weeks remaining until the contest. Latest August 20, 2016 Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz full fight rematch.
UFC RECAP ROUND 1
Referee Herb Dean is the third man in the cage for tonight’s 170-pound main event, with judges Derek Cleary, Sal D’Amato and Glenn Trowbridge scoring at cageside. There’s no touch of gloves between the fighters as McGregor shouts over referee Dean’s final instructions. The featherweight champ swings and misses with a flashy kick, then gets shoved against the fence by Diaz with an underhook.
McGregor breaks out in a few seconds, takes a jab from Diaz and fires back a left hand over the top. McGregor walks into range with his right hand outstretched and comes over the top with a left hand which lands hard, but Diaz eats it and jabs back. Diaz mixes up his jabs to the head and body, dodges a big left and flashes a smile at McGregor, who presses forward undiscouraged to land a leg kick.
McGregor slips a jab to pop Diaz with a right uppercut, then repeats the sequence when Diaz leans into another punch. McGregor’s left hands have reddened the right side of Diaz’s face, and now three minutes into the opening frame, there’s some bleeding from around his right eye.
Nonetheless, Diaz keeps sticking and moving, clicking McGregor with jabs. Diaz catches a kick and drags McGregor to the ground, but McGregor grabs hold of a leg and uses it to sweep into the Californian’s guard.
Diaz shifts and spins underneath, making a hard target for McGregor’s ground-and-pound in the final seconds of round.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 McGregor
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 McGregor
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 McGregor
UFC RECAP ROUND 2
McGregor jabs to the body, puts a stomping kick on Diaz’s thigh and hits him with another quick uppercut. Diaz comes off the fence and absorbs a few more punches before trying to clinch with McGregor. It doesn’t last long, and when the fighters disengage, Diaz is sporting a significantly bloodier face, all leaking from his right cheek. McGregor pulls down Diaz’s head for a clinch knee and gets a right hook in return.
McGregor goes body-head with a pair of uppercuts and a left hook. A hard left hand from Diaz appears to momentarily wobble McGregor, but the Irishman backs up a few steps and shrugs to draw Diaz forward. Diaz obliges, attacking McGregor with heavy combinations and then pushing him against the fence with an underhook. Diaz uses his right arm to hold McGregor in place and hits the featherweight with a dozen or so left hands on the other side.
McGregor comes over the top with a couple good left hands, only to have Diaz slug back with slapping punches. McGregor shoots for a takedown, gets snared in a guillotine and twists underneath Diaz to get free. The escape leaves Diaz in side control, and now he passes straight over to full mount.
McGregor rolls to his belly, giving up his back, and Diaz wastes no time applying a tight rear-naked choke. McGregor taps out almost immediately, and this one is over.
Nate Diaz may have just pulled off the biggest upset of 2016, submitting Conor McGregor in the second round.
UFC OFFICIAL FIGHT RESULT
Nate Diaz def. Conor McGregor via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2 4:12
MvGregor vs Diaz Full Fight Replay
Diaz was selected as his replacement although he’ll now fight McGregor at 170 pounds in a welterweight main event this weekend. Despite the change in opponents and fighting 25 pounds higher than his last bout at featherweight, McGregor doesn’t see Diaz lasting five minutes with him inside the Octagon.
“End of the first, I feel he will be put away,” McGregor said at the UFC 196 press conference. “I respect Nate. Don’t get me wrong. I do respect Nate. There’s a lot of (expletives) in this game and he is not one of them. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a respect there between us but it’s business in there and business is business.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a respect there between us but it’s business in there and business is business. He will be KO’d inside the first round.
— Conor McGregor
“He will be KO’d inside the first round.”
It’s hard not to take McGregor at his word considering his track record for picking the round in which he’ll put his opponents away.
McGregor famously attempted to wager $3 million with UFC president Dana White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta that he would put away Chad Mendes in the second round at UFC 189. McGregor got the job done 4:57 seconds into the second round.
McGregor then said he would finish Jose Aldo inside the first round when they finally met at UFC 194. Keep in mind that Aldo was a seven-time defending featherweight champion, who hadn’t lost a fight in nearly a decade.
McGregor needed just one punch and 13 seconds to leave Aldo lying in a heap on the canvas.
So McGregor is predicting a similarly devastating finish to Diaz, but he did offer the Stockton, Calif. native a consolation prize rather than just going home with another defeat on his record.
McGregor promised that Diaz will cash in at the end of the night while riding his coattails to a record breaking number at the box office and on pay-per-view.
Adding a few extra zeroes to his paycheck is what McGregor will offer Diaz as compensation for taking the fight on short notice and facing him this weekend at UFC 196.
“How’s it feel to be a millionaire now? It’s nice right? Let’s be honest. It feels good,” McGregor shouted at Diaz. “You got a million for one night only.”
McGregor also jabbed at Diaz regarding his upcoming payday by saying that the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner would be celebrating like every fighter who cashes in by facing him, but he’d be doing so alongside his brother Nick rather than a wife at home.
“Most people when they get that red panty night on me they ring home to their wife ‘baby we did it!’. Nate rings Nick ‘baby we did it!’,” McGregor joked. “I’m happy to give Nate the paycheck.”
As for Diaz, he’s not one to bow down to anyone looming large in front of him ahead of a fight, so he had no problem explaining what he’s going do with that massive check he’ll be receiving after facing McGregor this weekend.
“They gave me a (expletive) load of money and you know what I said? I said I want more of that (expletive). How about that (expletive)? Pay me. They called me, I didn’t ask,” Diaz said.
“I’ll probably buy a whole bunch of nice (expletive).”
UFC 196 McGregor vs Nate Diaz Main Event Preview
MvGregor vs Diaz Full Fight Replay
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