Nate Diaz Earns Shocking Submission Win Over Conor McGregor at UFC 196

Trent Reinsmith
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Things didn’t look good for Nate Diaz heading into the second round of his UFC 196 fight against Conor McGregor. He had started the fight off slow, and McGregor had taken advantage of that, leaving Diaz bloodied.

However, if you know anything about Nate Diaz, you know that he is a man that doesn’t let a little thing like losing a round or getting cut stop him from moving forward and fighting for a finish.

McGregor continued to land punches in the second round, but halfway through the stanza Diaz caught his opponent with a counter left that hurt McGregor.

Knowing he had his opponent hurt, Diaz turned up the pressure and backed McGregor into the cage. McGregor fought out of that position and the two exchanged punches with Diaz getting the better of things.

McGregor then shot in for a takedown. Diaz looked for a choke, but could not secure a submission.

Instead he teed off with strikes from mount. Diaz then took McGregor’s back and quickly sank the rear naked choke, forcing the tap from McGregor.

The win was unexpected, but not to Diaz.

“I’m not surprised, motherf–kers," he said after the win.

“There’s a new king of this motherfu–er, and it’s right here," added Diaz—a huge underdog coming into a fight he took on short notice after McGregor’s original opponent, UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, broke his foot in training. 

As for McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion who moved up from 145 pounds to 170 pounds to take this fight, he said he wore down after the first round. 

“I took the chance going at 170," McGregor said. "I felt I took him the first round, but I was inefficient with my energy. But I’m humble in victory or defeat. I respect Nate, he took the fight on short notice and done the job. He was efficient. I wasn’t efficient.”

The defeat was McGregor’s first in the UFC.

The fight won “Fight of the Night” accolades for both fighters and a “Performance of the Night” bonus for Diaz.

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