Conor McGregor was finally stopped in UFC with a crushing defeat to welterweight Nate Diaz at UFC 196.
‘The Notorious One’ went into the fight in Las Vegas as heavy favourite despite going up two weight divisions to face Nate Diaz (20-10-0 MMA) after his historic win against Jose Aldo in December to become UFC Featherweight Champion.
Conor McGregor amazingly weighed in at 168lbs despite being a featherweight prompting acclamation from fight professionals.
It was meant to be the UFC Lightweight Championship on the line with McGregor facing dos Anjos however the champion pulled out with 11 days to go due to injury. Diaz stepped up to the plate in great condition due to training for a triathlon.
The fight started in good form for the Irishman (19-3-0 MMA) landing a good amount of significant shots into the former Ultimate Fighter winner even cutting the side of Diaz’s eye early on.
McGregor arguably could’ve been the winner of the first round. However; it was noticeable after a few punches to the face that the Irishman was groggy and Diaz was after him.
Mid-way through the second round; Nate Diaz got the ‘The Notorious One’ in the chokehold and unbelievably McGregor submitted; all be it he had no choice.
Conor McGregor spoke massively going into the fight that he was going to become a double-weight champion however; he was massively shocked by the enormousness of the task going up several weight divisions.
“There’s a new king right here,” Diaz told UFC as he shocked the world.
All McGregors’ losses have now come from submission. “I’m humble in victory or defeat,” McGregor told UFC. “I took a chance to move up in weight and it didn’t work.”
It is expected McGregor will go back down to featherweight for a re-match with Jose Aldo at UFC 200 with a view of taking on Rafael dos Anjos in the future. One thing is for sure; Conor McGregor isn’t done with moving up the divisions.