The big show is all over folks! UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor proved to be inefficient at UFC 196 with his energy last night against a bigger opponent, Nate Diaz. Although, the first round was to McGregor’s advantage, the second went in favor for the Stockton underdog.
McGregor started off strong in the first round as the better striker, landing many punches to the head, which opened up a cut and bruises on Diaz’s forehead. However, the pace completely changed in the second as Diaz’s kept moving forward and couldn’t be taken down by McGregor.
At the UFC 196 post-fight press conference, McGregor said the difference in size played was a huge factor.
I feel I was simply inefficient with my energy. Usually, when I fight a man in the division I am champion in and they crumble under those shots. But Nate took them very well. I think the weight allowed him to take those shots well.
By the near end of the second round, Diaz was able to ground-n-pound on McGregor, eventually getting a hold of his back and sinking in a deep rear-naked choke. Diaz wins by a shocking submission, which earned him Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night bonus.
Check out the entire UFC 196 results below.
UFC 196 Main Event Results
Nate Diaz def. Conor McGregor via submission (RNC) (2nd, 4:12)
Miesha Tate def. Holly Holm via submission (RNC) (R5, 3:30)
Ilir Latifi def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision
Corey Anderson def. Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision
Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision
Siyar Bahadurzada def. Brandon Thatch via sub (arm triangle) (3rd, 4:11)
Nordine Taleb def. Erick Silva via second-round KO (1:34)
Vitor Miranda def. Marcelo Guimaraes via second-round TKO (1:09)
Darren Elkins def. Chas Skelly via unanimous decision
Diego Sanchez def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision
Jason Saggo def. Justin Salas via first-round TKO (4:31)
Teruto Ishihara def. Julian Erosa via second-round KO (0:34)