Nate Diaz Shocks Conor McGregor, Forces Him to Submit at UFC 196

In Portuguese the move is called the mata leao. The lion killer. And on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the strangle known in English as the rear naked choke took down two of the UFC’s most impressive predators.

The colorful career of Conor McGregor hit a speed bump when Nate Diaz clung to his back and interrupted the flow of blood to the Irishman’s well coifed head, forcing a tapout at 4:12 of the second round in the main event of UFC 196.

In the co-headliner, Holly Holm, the woman who almost decapitated Ronda Rousey, seemed on the verge of fending off Miesha Tate before she was rendered unconscious in the fifth round. Tate became the third woman to hold the UFC belt at 135lbs following a terrific title contest that altered the state of things.

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UFC 196 was a crucial setup point for the Las Vegas fight promotion’s 2016.

If McGregor had successfully stepped up 25lbs from his championship weight, the “Notorious One” would be have been setup for title fights across three weight divisions, an unheard of status for any fighter in the UFC. Such was the temptation of letting McGregor move from 145 to 155, and 155 to 170. But because California’s Diaz handled McGregor’s full steam, bled some, then came back to tattoo the featherweight champion, the UFC’s biggest star was forced to pay a price. Such is the equation with risk taking, and the reason so many people wouldn’t put themselves out there like McGregor has.

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