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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


  • 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

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”.

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

Compilation of Muhammad Ali Tributes

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The Greatest Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3rd 2016 and people from all over the world are paying tribute and respect to the Greatest Boxer of All Time. This is a compilation of various tributes created for Ali.

This one is an emotional interview with CNN on Muhammad Ali’s daughter Hana.

President Barack Obama talking about Muhammad Ali as an athlete, personal inspiration & ambassador.

Bill Clinton speech on Muhammad Ali.

BBC Sports tweet on Muhammad Ali

A video tribute that shows the Greatest of them all, Muhammad Ali.

This video from Boxing Legends TV has cuts from fight highlights, off-ring, and speeches. It is slow tempo and emotional.

Bryce Harper puts a quote on his bat to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

This video from Achilles.ufc shows some rare & unique videos when he was already retired showing some footwork drills and a number of highlights as well.

Family & Friends put up banners for Muhammad Ali.

WWE pays tribute to Muhammad Ali via this narrative biography video.

A young Kentuckian gave an inspirational speech in tribute to Muhammad Ali.

Stephen Colbert shows discusses the influence of Muhammad Ali in his, & our generation. This is light and comical and factual.

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao tells how Muhammad inspired him in boxing and the influence he had on the profession.

Floyd Mayweather says that no words can explain what Muhammad Ali has done for the sport.

Mike Tyson talks how Muhammad Ali has uplifted him

UFC Tribute for Muhammad Ali, nice and emotional narration with highlight videos.


Muhammad Ali, The Greatest Boxer of All Time, Dead at 74

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Muhammad Ali, who once self-proclaimed that he is “The Greatest” and have proved to the World that he is indeed the Greatest Boxer of All Time died at the age of 74 on Friday 4th of June 2016 at a Phoenix hospital where he was treated for respiratory complications.

Family spokesman Bob Gunnell has this to say — “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening”. The funeral service is planned to take place at his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Ali despite suffering from Parkinson’s Disease which had deteriorated his physical dexterity and physical functions continued to be on the spotlight on Politics one of the latest was his criticism of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump regarding his plan of banning Muslims from entering the United States. As per Muhammad — “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.” Muhammad Ali converted to Muslim in the 1960s when he was the heavyweight champion of the world while also refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.

Muhammad Ali, son to middle-class parents, was born as Cassius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ali’s boxing career started when he began training at the age of 12, which eventually led him to win the gold medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome in the light heavyweight division, he is also a Golden Glove winner.

After the 1960 Olympics he became a professional boxer bankrolled by the Louisville business owners on a 50-50 split in earnings. During this time he was nicknamed “the Louisville Lip” because of his constant talk on his own talent. After earning his time training in his hometown he moved to Miami to train with the legendary trainer Angelo Dundee with the hopes of winning the heavyweight title.

Ali was guided by the Nation of Islam and inspired by one of its leaders Malcolm X, and he eventually converted to Muslim in 1963, which advocated racial separation and rejected the pacifism of most civil rights activism.

At the age of 22 Cassius Clay renounced his “slave name” adopted Muhammad Ali which was given by Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad. Fans became divided because some didn’t like the idea of rejecting your birth name in exchange for a Muslim name.

Ali was the heavyweight champion on six title defenses when he was drafted to serve in the U.S. army to be deployed in the Vietnam War. He refused to serve and has this to say — “My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, some poor, hungry people in the mud, for big powerful America, and shoot them for what? They never called me nigger. They never lynched me. They didn’t put no dogs on me.”

Ali was sentenced to five years in prison and all boxing titles removed when he refused to obey his command of stepping forward when his name was called at the Army recruiting station.

He was eventually released on appeals but was banned to fight or leave the country. He says — “My enemy is the white people, not Vietcongs or Chinese or Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. You won’t even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs and you want me to go somewhere and fight but you won’t even stand up for me here at home.”

While the government was unhappy with his refusal and opinion, he was in good light with the antiwar activists and black nationalists.

The appeal was four years long before it reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and on a unanimous decision saw the Department of Justice improperly told the draft board that Ali’s refusal was not motivated by religious belief.

Before Ali’s legal proceedings progressed, Georgia was fine issuing Ali a boxing license where he beat Jerry Quarry. He then lost to Joe Frazier in a 15-round duel billed as “the fight of the century” six months later which became Ali’s first professional defeat as a pro.

Ali and Frazier rematched in 1974 and Ali won unanimously via decision, becoming the top lead challenger for the heavyweight title.

He became the heavyweight champion of he world when he won against George Foreman in 1974, a fight popularly called until today as the “The Rumble in the Jungle”. The fight is when he first unleashed his still famous and gold standard strategy known as “rope-a-dope,”, a strategy that pushed the opponent to tire out attacking while he leaned back on the road to evade the attack. He knocked out Foreman in the 8th round.

“Thrilla in Manila” is one of the most famous fights of Muhammad Ali as he fought Frazier for the third time winning on a technical knockout in the 15th round. The greatest was able to defend his title until he was beaten by Leon Spinks in 1978. After the loss he got his title back then retired in 1979. In 1980 he decided to come back and fought Larry Holmes and lost. He again fought and lost against Trevor Berbick then retired for the last and final time.

After Ali’s retirement he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and has this to say — “I’m in no pain. A slight slurring of my speech, a little tremor. Nothing critical. If I was in perfect health — if I had won my last two fights — if I had no problem, people would be afraid of me. Now they feel sorry for me. They thought I was Superman. Now they can go, ‘He’s human, like us. He has problems.”

Despite his retirement and Parkinson’s Disease he remained a well respected athlete and was chosen to light the Olympic Torch in Atlanta 1996. He spent the next few years traveling shuffling between appearances that allowed him to continue making income and philanthropic activities. During this time he was able to meet notable people from presidents, royalty, even the Pope.

President W. Bush awarded Ali with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. He was also honored in his hometown of Louisville by opening Muhammad Ali Center, a place to learn the life of Ali, and promote tolerance and respect.

Muhammad Ali has nine children, divorced thrice but lived the longest with his last wife Yolanda “Lonnie” Williams in Berrien Springs, Michigan, after which they moved to Arizona.

One of the last significant quotes from Ali says this — “I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” Ali wrote. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.”

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