Conor McGregor gets revenge on Nate Diaz with victory at UFC 202

Ross Houston
August 31, 2016

"Win or learn" was his coach's mantra, and win he did, as "The Notorious" Conor McGregor claimed the narrowest of victories over Nate Diaz, in a compelling main event at UFC 202. McGregor, 28, dominated the first round, landing numerous leg kicks and flooring Diaz, 31, with a left. For some reason, not charging in without any thought behind it is considered cowardness. Here were the scores from the three judges: 48-47, 48-47 and 47-47.

A fight against McGregor would easily be the biggest of Alvarez's career, and he would nearly certainly welcome the challenge, as well as the payday.

McGregor was excited in the post-fight press conference talking about his future in the UFC. Mayweather made it clear that a fight with McGregor would have to take place under traditional boxing rules. "Cowboy" believes that that will lead to even more trash talk from the Irishman, who was slightly calmer and more collected than usual leading up to his rematch against Diaz.

Having proved that he can hang with the naturally bigger Diaz however, McGregor obviously feels as though a third bout at lightweight, where Diaz remains ranked, would make most sense. I knew I was up against it. I had injuries. I'm not making excuses, but you should have finished me off.

"I went up to 170 pounds, I fought the bigger man. Come down to 155 and we'll do it". I'm trying to get abs and it's like f*ck, I can't get abs.

Diaz, for his part, believed he had won the fight and echoed his opponent's calls for another rematch.

"All I know is that it's 1-1", an excited McGregor said after the fight.

"Surprise surprise mother f***** the King is back", McGregor said after the fight. "He brought out the best in me".

McGregor might want to defend his 145-pound title against Jose Aldo, who got beat by McGregor a year ago. If they want to do that, if they want to give my belt to the guy I KO'd in 13 seconds, and bury that decision in the prelims or the Fight Pass stuff, that's what they're gonna do.

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