10. Nate Diaz Over Conor McGregor
We all know the history by now.
The “Notorious” Conor McGregor was slated to take on lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 in a bid to become the first ever simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. Unfortunately for “Mystic Mac”, dos Anjos broke his foot roughly two weeks out from the fight, leaving the promotion scrambling for an opponent for their biggest star.
In stepped Nate Diaz, who three months earlier made an impressive case that he was still a top ten lightweight by dismantling contender Michael Johnson over three rounds, then calling out McGregor. But Diaz would have only ten days to prepare for the most high profile fight of his career.
It wouldn’t matter.
McGregor emptied his gas tank in the first trying to take Diaz’s ahead off, as he had done to almost every other opponent before. The bigger, longer, and famously iron-chinned Diaz did not wilt, and started to take over with his exquisite boxing in the second.
He repeatedly tagged the reigning featherweight champion with hard 1-2’s, and the exhausted McGregor eventually could take no more. He shot for an ill-advised takedown, which Diaz quickly reversed. Soon after, Diaz was locking on a rear naked choke and eliciting the tap from one of the most previously dominant fighters in the world.