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UFC 202 – How Did Conor McGregor Won vs Nate Diaz?

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Fight Info

  • UFC 202 – Welterweight Fight – Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada SAT. AUG. 30, 2016
  • Nate Diaz: 20-11-0
  • Conor McGregor: 20-3-0

 

Conor McGregor Wins by Majority Decision vs Nate Diaz

 

Fight Scores

  • Conor McGregor: 193/313 Strikes, 0/1 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts
  • Nate Diaz: 271/446 Strikes, 1/5 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts

 

FIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Conor McGregor had a knockdown against Nate Diaz in the 1st round
  • Conor McGregor had two knockdowns against Nate Diaz in the 2nd round
  • Nate Diaz came back in the 3rd round by pinning Conor against the cage and barraged Conor with punches

 

UFC 202 – Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor fought on August 21, 2016, Conor wins match on majority decision against Nate Diaz
UFC 202 – CONOR MCGREGOR vs NATE DIAZ RECAP

How did Conor McGregor win against Nate Diaz? This argument started when Nate Diaz beat Conor McGregor on a day’s notice and everyone has counted Conor McGregor out especially since Nate Diaz now has the time to prepare against him.

The argument is completely flawed as same thing can be said of Conor McGregor and while he had the time to prepare excessively, all of his preparations were against Rafael dos Anjos who was the same height, almost same reach as Conor. As far as strategy is concerned both Nate and Conor only had a day’s preparation and with Nate Diaz having more experience was able to bring the fight to his strength on the ground as Nate defeats Conor on UFC 196 on the 2nd round via a rear-naked choke submission.

Now with time and preparation, Conor McGregor is at the height of his athletic ability, hunger to regain the title and his excessive work ethic and preparation allowed him to prepare against the strengths of Nate. Conor went to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as Nate is a black belt in the art. His training was not meant to go into offensive against Nate but was more of being able to defend when the fight went to the ground. McGregor did everything to stay on their feet but when on one just one occasion in the last minute of the last round Nate was able to get to the ground and Conor locked the guard and stayed in defense until time expired. The strategy worked well for him since on the ground it is Nate’s time.

On the feet, Conor is known for his strikes via kicks, and quick punches, and fluid movements around the cage. He also floated and evaded Nate Diaz like Mayweather and Ali does, brilliant strategy. For the bashers who say he run throughout the match, the picture below of Nate shows otherwise:

Conor’s corner

Conor McGregor coaching staff stressed to Conor to get out when Nate is pressing him to the cage, that is the only time Nate is able to strike and he is getting the upper hand in that situation.

Nate’s corner

Nate Diaz is pushing him to go for a takedown against Conor and push the advantage of pushing Conor against the cage.

Conor McGregor’s speech after winning
In classic Conor McGregor style — “Surprise, surprise motherfucker, the King is back”.
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Nate Diaz’s speech after losing
He seems to think he has won with his comment — “They are not gonna allow me to win” – referring to the judges decision of favoring Conor McGregor.

This is a very close fight and Conor McGregor clearly won the first two rounds when he had more strikes and Nate went down on both rounds. The 3rd and 4th rounds were close but Nate had the upper hand especially in the closing minutes when he pressed Conor against the cage and was able to strike repeatedly. Round 5 was still close but Conor McGregor had more strikes, was not pressed way less against the cage compared to round 3.

Conor McGregor came out more prepared and wanted this fight more.

In a tweet below, I agree on the motivation of Conor on getting back his name on the winning column:

In the end, both fighters respected each other for a fight well fought to the end:

Below is the video for the full highlights of UFC 202 – Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz

Valentina Shevchenko Defeats One-Time Sensation Holly Holms

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Valentina Shevchenko was supposed to be Holly Holms pathway towards regaining her title back but instead Valentina had this fight as her pathway to the same goal. The 17-time World Muay Thai Champion won by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) as she dominated the striking game against Holms by hitting 82 significant strikes to Holms 54.

Holly Holms shot to fame when on UFC 193 on November 15, 2015 she stopped UFC sensation and undefeated Ronda Rousey. Ronda was said to be the most dangerous fighter in the world without a weapon and very few expected Holly Holms to win let alone finish Ronda in a dominating display of strikes and kicks.

Holms delivered Rousey her first career defeat and the fight was said to be the Upset of the Year for 2015. Holms who is an 18-time Boxing Champion was still unknown until UFC 193 and her rise to fame was expected to keep on rising with the expectations of a series of wins to follow.

Having defeated the undefeated, there was no one expected to challenge Holms in the succeeding fights and her first title defense was against Miesha Tate on UFC 196 whom Ronda defeated twice already. UFC 196 turned out to be another upset once again as Miesha sunked a rear naked choke on Holms in the final round to get the win. Although it was not a dominating performance and Holms could have won on decision, it was still a bitter lost for the champion.

Prior to the fight with Valentina Holms has this sentiment —

I don’t want to, to have my career based around one fight, I don’t wanna live of the moment of winning the belt, and I don’t wanna sulk into the moment of losing the belt, I went into the gym the next week, and was training, and pretty much cried after every training or during training, but i want to get there and deal with it, I was gonna be honest with myself, I don’t want to look at it and say, oh well, you know, you win some, you lose some, no, i don’t want to lose any,

The fight with Valentina Shevchenko is a road she has to take to get a title shot —

this weekend is the film fight, everything is riding on this

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As UFC bills Valentina — “Valentina decorated, 17 time world champion muay thai”

Holly Holms knows this about Valentina —

Valentina is a very good, very good striker , she is, got a lot of knees, elbows, kick, she is also very good on the clinch, very heavy on tough, every fight i feel i can’t lose, there is so much riding on each fight, that i know that i have a really, realy tough opponent in front of me, she is, she is no joke, she looking at the champ now, nunes fight was Shevchenko, i though a longer fight would have gone to Shevchenko, and this is a 5 round fihgt, this is not an easy fight for me, i definitely feel like there is extra on there, she is the one with the belt, i know on Saturday i don’t want anything else, i promise

It was a very tough fight for Holly Holms but Shevchenko wanted it more —

“My strategy was to do everything I know, to put all my heart, all my power, everything I learned in more than 20 years in martial arts, and I did it”

Valentina is now calling out current title holder Amanda Nunes who is the only fighter to defeat here in the Octagon — “Amanda is a good fighter, she has a good standup and ground game, and of course I want a rematch for the title belt,”

Holly Holms knew her hands was full for this fight —

“I knew she was a counterpuncher, we were ready for that; she’s a tough girl, I knew that,” a gracious Holm, now 10-2, said. “I knew I had my hands full with this fight. I knew it was a really big challenge. What can you do? I knew it was a competitive fight. I could have done more, I’m disappointed in myself, and I take nothing away from her. She was very tough.”

In the first round Holly looked to have the fight in control when she landed a right hand on Valentina that produced a knockdown with three minutes remaining, Valentina came back up and scored a takedown with 90 seconds remaining.

This was a good fight as Holm is known to be aggressive on her punches while Valentina didn’t let up and her counter punching technique continued to equalize whatever Holm threw at her.

Holly Holms’ road to the title belt just became Valentina Shevchenko’s road. It would not be a surprise should Valentina be given a title shot against Amanda Nunes who defeated Miesha Tate. The quest for the Bantamweight title got very interesting and Valentina is now in the mix.

Holly Holms vs Valentina Shevchenko Video Highlight

Brock Lesnar Fails Second Drug Test for UFC 200

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Brock Lesnar is in very hot territory right now as the UFC has announced that heavyweight winner in UFC 200 failed his second doping test in a sample that was taken when he won against Mark Hunt.

John Cena says that Brock is gonna have a hard road ahead of him:

Mark Hunt has already reacted in the initial doping news when he retweeted the news that he was asking for half of the winnings of Lesnar estimated to be around 2.5 million dollars.

The future of Brock Lesnar is unclear

UFC 200 – Miesha Tate Nude on Weigh-in to Make Weight

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UFC 200 Weigh-in had a historic moment when for the first time someone had to go nude to make weight. Miesha Tate’s initial weigh-in didn’t make the bantamweight limit and had to go nude. Staff took out the towels covering her and Miesha was careful pointing people on the sides who could have a clear view of her body.

Video of UFC 200 weigh-in of Miesha Tate below:

UFC 200 – Amanda Nunes Wins by Submission Round 1 vs Miesha Tate

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Fight Info

  • UFC 200 – Bantwamweight Title – Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada SAT. JUL. 9, 2016
  • Miesha Tate: 18-5-0
  • Amanda Nunes: 12-4-0

 

Amanda Nunes Wins by Submission 1st round Rear Naked Choke vs Miesha Tate

 

Fight Scores

  • Miesha Tate: 3/15 Strikes, 0/5 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts
  • Amanda Nunes: 40/63 Strikes, 0/0 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts

 

FIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Amanda Nunes delivered a devastating right to Miesha Tate in the first round
  • Miesha Tate looked broken after the right hit from Amanda Nunes
  • Amanda Nunes went all out when Miesha Tate fell on the ground and submitted her with a rear naked choke

 

UFC 200 – Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes fought on July 9, 2016, Nunes wins match on 1st round submission via Rear Naked Choke against Miesha Tate
UFC 200 – MIESHA TATE vs AMANDA NUNES RECAP

Miesha Tate came blazing with takedown attempts while Nunes kept on striking and defending the takedowns. Nunes who is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and Brown in Judo didn’t want to engage in a ground and pound game but instead relied on her reach against Tate for a series of strikes. She caught Tate with a right that looked to have hurt Miesahe in the process. Nunes seemed cautious despite Tate running away but when she sensed that Tate’s knees couldn’t hold any longer she attacked and went for the submission.

Miesha Tate’s corner

Didn’t get a chance as 1st round win by Nunes

Amanda Nunes’s corner

No one went back to the corner as Nunes finished Tate in the 1st round

Amanda Nunes’s speech after winning
Man, you know every fight is changing, amazing, he always has to walk something on, making things happen in her life, Miesha stops opponents, everybody knows that, she respects it. She will go back to Brazil and be with her family

Miesha Tate’s speech after losing
Dangerous fighter, got caught, made mistakes. Go back to Ontario Canada get her mind back. She will be back. She will comeback stronger for this, she promises to.

Rear naked choke by Amanda Nunes

Historic milestones in UFC 200

  • Amanda Nunes ties Ronda Rousey in most wins in women’s bantamweight history – 6 wins

UFC 200 – Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes Videos

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UFC 200 – Brock Lesnar Wins Unanonimous Decision vs Mark Hunt

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Fight Info

  • UFC 200 – Main Card – Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada SAT. JUL. 9, 2016
  • Brock Lesnar: 5-3-0
  • Mark Hunt: 12-10-1, Ranked #8 Heavyweight

 

Brock Lesnar Wins by Unanimous Decision vs Mark Hunt

 

Fight Scores

  • Brock Lesnar: 137/167 Strikes, 4/8 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts
  • Mark Hunt: 46/68 Strikes, 0/0 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts

 

FIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Brock Lesnar had 3 successful takedowns in the first round that seemed to finish Mark Hunt
  • Mark Hunt was able to sprawl and stop all takedown attempts by Brock is Round 2
  • Brock Lesnar pounded Mark Hunt in the entire 3rd Round

FAN Voting

  • Brock Lesnar: 77%
  • Mark Hunt: 23%

 

UFC 200 – Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt fought on July 9, 2016, Aldo wins match on unanonimous decision against Mark Hunt
UFC 200 – BROCK LESNAR vs MARK HUNT RECAP

Brock Lesnar needed 1 fight to make a comeback as it came from Super Samoan Mark Hunt who got a brutal ground and pound after being taken down again and again.

Brock Lesnar’s corner

Fake a shot and go for it, breathe, breathe

Mark Hunt’s corner

Defend the takedowns, strike

Brock Lesnar’s speech after winning
One day at a time when asked what is next, from one White Boy to all Nationalities, we have to stand together

Cool takedown by Brock Lesnar

Historic milestones in UFC 200

  • Sold-out UFC 200 – 19,000 in attendance

UFC 200 – Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt Videos

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UFC 200 – Jose Aldo Wins Unanimous Decision vs Frankie Edgar

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Fight Info

  • UFC 200 – Interim Featherweight Title – Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada SAT. JUL. 9, 2016
  • Jose Aldo: 25-2-0
  • Frankie Edgar: 19-4-1

 

Jose Aldo Wins by Unanimous Decision vs Frankie Edgar

 

Fight Scores

  • Jose Aldo: 81/193 Strikes, 0/0 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts
  • Frankie Edgar: 81/267 Strikes, 0/11 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts

 

FIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jose Aldo had a powerful 1st round finish on the last 10 seconds with a flying knee and left hook
  • Aldo had a beautiful right hand in round 3 to open Frankie’s cut more
  • Frankie was almost knockdown in Round 4 but was able to get up quickly

FAN Voting

  • Jose Aldo: 77%
  • Frankie Edgar: 23%

 

UFC 200 – Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar fought on July 9, 2016, Aldo wins match on unanonimous decision against Frankie Edgar
UFC 200 – JOSE ALDO vs FRANKIE EDGAR RECAP

After Jose Aldo got knocked out in 13 seconds against Conor McGregor, this fight is his redemption to get back to glory he held for the last 10 years. Frankie Edgar started aggressive but Jose Aldo was able to get a flying knee and left hook in the last 10 seconds of first round which shook Frankie and got the momentum back in the fight.

Jose Aldo’s corner

Telling Aldo that he is there to punch hard and finish

Frankie Edgar’s corner

Frankie is taking a lot of hits but he needs to counter and out-punch Jose

Jose Aldo’s speech after winning
He loves his Coach, Frankie is a GReat Athlete, but he has one goal to beat 1 guy, and he points McGregor. He lost his father but his coach is the father.

Additional news on Jose’s win

Historic milestones in UFC 200

  • Frankie Edgar is the first fighter to log 6 hours in the Octagon
  • Sold-out UFC 200 – 19,000 in attendance

UFC 200 – Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar Videos

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Now that Explains the Fluid Movements of Holly Holm as she crosstrain in Ballet

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Holly Holm Ballet Training

Holly Holms is enjoying her training and would like to add Ballet in her training as it helps balance and strength. The comments however do not focus on Holly Holm training, or ballet but her “behind” physical fitness.

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