It’s rare that a fight lives up to the hype. It’s even more rare for the sequel surpasses the original. In steps Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II.
In an instant classic, Diaz and McGregor put on a show for the world to enjoy Saturday at UFC 202.
When the dust settled on their highly anticipated shootout, McGregor left Las Vegas with a controversial (48-47, 47-47, 48-47) majority decision victory, avenging March’s shocking submission defeat to Diaz.
Here’s a breakdown of the official scorecard: Judge Glenn Trowbridge was responsible for the 47-47 tally, while Jeff Mullen and Derek Cleary had the exact same scorecard with McGregor taking it 48-47.
Since Mullen and Cleary coped each other’s work, let’s take a look at Trowbridge’s sheet. The only difference on his card compared to his two counterparts’ is that he awarded Diaz with a commanding 10-8 score in the third round.
Watching it live, I didn’t think Diaz dominated McGregor that badly in the middle period, but McGregor was definitely in serious trouble. In fact, if Diaz had another 30 seconds in the frame he might have been able to finish a wobbly and winded McGregor.
For many, including yours truly, the second stanza is where there’s controversy. That’s the round that could have went to Diaz, but all three judges gave it to McGregor. An argument can be made both ways. McGregor was riding the momentum from his solid opening round early, but Diaz rallied and turned the tide towards the end of the second round.
McGregor won a very close fight, but it certainly wasn’t a robbery by any means.
Part III should be fantastic.
After the bout, McGregor said he wants their rubber match to take place at lightweight after fighting the bigger Diaz at welterweight the first two times.
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosted UFC 202.