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McGregor edges Diaz in all-out-war

Conor McGregor barely edge Nate Diaz in a majority decision in an all-out-war.

Conor McGregor barely edge Nate Diaz in a majority decision in an all-out-war.

You can’t get better than that.

The highly-anticipated rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor somehow managed to even exceed it’s expectations as the two rivals went to absolute war in the main event of UFC 202 in Las Vegas, but it was McGregor who barely took the majority decision to even the series. One judge had the fight a draw while two had McGregor winning the fight 48-47.

A draw honestly would have been more the way to go with the fight than a decision of any kind. The only thing that really separated the two was the wall of security guards standing between them during their introductions and referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy, who constantly stepped between the two fights at the end of rounds to try to keep them from landing their late shots they were continually throwing.

There was no doubt McGregor took the first two rounds, though, as he was setting the pace of a slower, more methodical fight; attacking Diaz’ leg and waiting for his face to open up for clean strikes. McGregor sent Diaz to the mat three times in the first two rounds, but while they were officially knockdowns, they really had no affect on Diaz, who was not at all phased by any of them. When Diaz stayed on the ground McGregor wanted no parts of his jiu-jitsu; constantly backing up and letting Diaz stand.

But while Diaz looked wobbly, was starting to bleed and took some shots, he reminded us all that he can take a punch with the best of them and while he was opened up. At the end of the second round, Diaz started to t-off on McGregor and had it gone on a little longer he may have stopped the Irishman. Then in the third round, Diaz didn’t look like he was in any sort of pain and wasn’t struggling at all.

Diaz assaulted McGregor in the third round, landing more than twice as many strikes and significant strikes and controlling McGregor up against the cage. Diaz had his opportunities to end the fight as McGregor increasingly got winded as he took a beating, but his lack of stopping power prevented him from taking advantage. McGregor stuffed two takedowns to once again avoid Diaz’ far superior ground-game, and survived the ground.

In his corner, though, he looked awful. After sitting up straight with few deep breaths being taken on the stool after the first two rounds, McGregor looked like he had just gotten out of a war after the third. He was hunched all the way over and almost gasping for air with his mouth wide open.

After that round, McGregor did everything he could to avoid Diaz the last two rounds. Every time they got caught up in an exchange, McGregor backed away and walked around with his hands on his hips to catch his breath. Diaz got to a point in the fight that he was pointing and laughing at McGregor because he was running away for the last two rounds. In the fifth round he was not pointing with his index finger either.

But because Diaz was floored three times and the fifth round was close enough that either fighter could be handed the round, McGregor barely got by with majority decision victory, despite Diaz having by far the more dominant rounds and forcing his opponent to regularly retreat.

With the head-to-head record now evened, both McGregor and Diaz said they wanted a third fight. McGregor, though, said he wants that fight at 155 pounds, not 175 pounds and proclaimed ‘the king has returned’. Diaz mocked Mcgregor as the winner even more when he explained he was fighting with injured ribs and never should have gone the distance but arguably won the fight.

And all of that just gives more fuel to the third fight that has to be coming, maybe not as the next fight for the two fights, but definitely is coming.

Rumble KO’s Glover Teixeira in 13 seconds

Anthony Johnson

There may have never been as more devestating a puncher as Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson in the history of the UFC. Basically, if you’re face is near his fists, bad things are going to happen. Glover Teixeira is a very tough, technically-sound veteran powerhouse who has shown off a great chin in his past, but he was unconscious before he even hit the canvas after one of the most devastating step-in uppercuts the octagon.

Johnson’s power is just ridiculous. We’ve never seen Teixeira get hurt like that. It hasn’t been since his debut in 2002 that he was knocked out, and that was a technical knockout at WEC 3 when he was just taking a beating, not actually getting put to sleep. But Johnson once again proved he is the most dangerous man in the UFC and may have even sent the older Brazilian’s tooth flying across the cage.

Since losing to Cormier in an interim title fight at UFC 187, Johnson has massacred three top-ranked light heavyweights: Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Teixeira. He said he felt he deserved a shot at the belt in a rematch against Cormier, and that is very hard to argue at this point.

Donald Cerrone tactically beats Rick Story

Cerrone vs. StoryDonald Cerrone is a veteran of the cage and never once fell into Rick Story’s trap. Story is powerful and not at all a guy any fighter would want to get in a brawl with, but Cerrone slowly and methodically picked Story apart before earning the TKO at 2:56 in the second round.

As hot as Cerrone has been since moving up to welterweight, Story was the trap he easily could have fallen into, but he didn’t waiver. Story landed some early punched and bounced up from an early takedown and returned it to get Cerrone on the mat. Once again, both guys got back to their feet and exchanged kicks and punches for the remainder of the opening round and Story was the aggressor early in the second round. But Cerrone did his best job to avoid the brawl in close and kept his advantage with his range before finishing the fight with a tremendous combination that we barely ever see: a jab, right body punch, straight left to the head and a massive right head kick.

Story went down, Cerrone landed some extra punches and the fight was stopped.

After the fight was over, Cerrone said he wanted to go back down to lightweight to take on Eddie Alvarez for the belt, but he just seems to natural at welterweight going back down may not be the wisest move.

Mike Perry make impressive UFC debut

Mike Perry is trying to be a bad guy in MMA but made a great impact against a veteran with just about every advantage he could have had. Hyun Gyu Lim was way taller with a six-inch each advantage, but ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry, who didn’t even had his own Wikipedia page going into the fight, destroyed him. Perry knocked Lim down three times and out-landed him 50-8 in strikes and 31-8 in significant strikes before picking up the first round knockout.

Homasi brutalized by Tim Means

Every single strike Tim Means threw has a vicious purpose. Tim Means didn’t waste any energy with pitter-pat punches. Everything he threw was mean to hurt Sabah Homasi. He was throwing elbows and hard punches and knees; every strike it seemed drew blood and work Homasi down.

Very early in the first round, it was very clear that Means was going to get a knockout victory as he opened Homasi up and continued to further open up the cuts with even grittier strikes. Homasi has no response. He was in survival mode the entire fight and never could figure out how to effectively attack Means. When he tried to get inside, Means just had way better dirty-boxing. When he tried to keep distance, Means was able to land hard kicks and step-in punches.

Garbrandt continues rise up bantamweight division

This was by all means a fight that would have caught Cody Garbrandt, but the rising star in the bantamweight division made quick work of Takeya Mizugaki for a dominant knockout win in less than a minute. Garbrandt went from unranked to ninth in the division with his victory over Thomas Almeida a few months ago, and was fighting a ranked veteran opponent. It was the perfect opportunity for Garbrandt to possibly be over-confident and not respect a tough opponent, but once again the guy just showed he is really, really good at fighting.

The fight lasted only 48 seconds and Garbrandt got the knockout.

Larkin pulls mild upset over Neil Magny

Leg kick, leg kick, leg kick, leg kick; a series of leg kicks early in the fight ended any chance Neil Magny had of winning against the fairly evenly-matched Lorenz Larkin. Larkin focused his early attention to taking out Magny’s leg and from them on, Magny struggled to walk and wouldn’t put pressure on his lead foot when he was going for his strikes. At the end of the round, that allowed Larkin to catch the quicker Magny, knock him down, and land some hard shorts for the first round knockout.

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