Diaz and Tate Win as McGregor and Holm Upset at UFC 196

March 7, 2016

UFC 196 was one for the ages. Featuring two main events, fans at the MGM Gardens arena were treated to a show. First up was Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. Brought into the fight due to  Rafael Dos Anjos’ foot injury, Diaz had only ten days to prepare, as it turns out, ten days was all that he needed, McGregor started the fight out with the upper hand, but it was short lived as Diaz was able to take the featherweight champion down with a rear-naked chokehold in the second round for the victory.

It was a stunning upset for the former lightweight challenger, but well deserving nonetheless. Following the fight, McGregor admitted that fatigue played a role in the loss, stating “I felt good in the first round, but I was inefficient,” McGregor said. “He was efficient, I wasn't.” With the loss now behind him, McGregor will have time to decide whether or not he wants to fight his original opponent in Anjos in July, or defend his title.

With one upset already in the books, fans at the MGM Gardens arena were hoping that the co-main event at UFC 196 would be just as thrilling, and they weren’t disappointed. Going all five scheduled rounds, Tate and Holm put on a show as the two fighters traded blows, with Holm gaining the upper hand early on. However, much like in the Diaz/McGregor bout, the underdog shifted momentum in their favor and scored the victory, even employing the same move.

With two minutes remaining in the final round, Miesha Tate latched onto Holly Holm’s back and brought her down to the ground where she then put to use the rear-naked chokehold, forcing Holm into submission. Tate’s upset victory was a thrilling finish to an already exciting night, and now sets up a possible rematch with former champion Ronda Rousey.