UFC 196 provided all the thrills and spills of any instant classic pay-per-view card, and featured a night of underdog victories in the main and co-main event. Miesha Tate stopped the short lived champion Holly Holm in her tracks, decimating the former boxing queen in the fifth round by choking her out cold. ‘Cupcake’ is now heavily linked to a trilogy match with ex-champ Ronda Rousey. But, let’s be honest, the main event was the true fight of the night, and it was born from a pairing only 11 days in the making.
Nate Diaz replaced injured lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos against Conor McGregor, fighting at 170 pounds on less than two weeks notice. After a back-and-forth first round, Diaz put the screws to the plans of ‘The Notorious’ with a stunning second round rear naked choke.
Diaz had put the middle finger up to the doubters and sent McGregor back down to his 145-pound title. In the space of less than ten minutes the Stockton bad boy had unravelled the Irish star, and exposed the glaring holes in his game. Many would claim that weight and cardio played a big role, but on fight night it’s all about pulling your best performance out of the bag, and a gracious McGregor would tip his hat to Diaz for his massive win.
So it turned out to be red panty night for Nate Diaz in every way, he banked big for the win, and took the biggest scalp of his career so far. With the loss for McGregor came a horde of reactions from MMA fans, fighters and media personalities across the world, some of them rather hilarious and crazy. But one particular former UFC champion literally lost his head when asked about the McGregor vs. Diaz fight.
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