Conor McGregor Vs Nate Diaz Ends In The Greatest Bloody War In History

After the incredible scenes at UFC 196, Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2 was the most highly anticipated rematch of the year, if not the history of the UFC.

With everything that happened on that night (and since), it’s strange to think that this epic clash wasn’t even due to take place.

In the wake of his 13-second destruction of Jose Aldo to claim the featherweight title, Conor McGregor was due to challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt with the aim of becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes at the same time.

He didn’t count on Diaz throwing a spanner in the works, however. The Stockton native weathered a storm of punches in the first round and stunned McGregor with a submission in the second.

McGregor became obsessed with avenging his first UFC loss and a rematch at UFC 200 was quickly arranged. That fell to pieces when The Notorious was pulled from the card for not showing up to a pre-fight press conference.

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A brief and ridiculous retirement was subsequently announced by McGregor but after some hasty negotiations, the fight was scheduled for UFC 202.

The build-up to UFC 202 had been low-key but then all hell broke loose at a pre-fight press conference.

McGregor showed up 30 minutes late, Diaz got p*ssed and left early but not before hurling a water bottle at him. His team followed suit so McGregor loaded up with cans of Mother and returned fire from the stage, despite repeated warnings from White not to.

Things were only slightly less tense at the weigh-ins but the stage was set for one of the most epic showdowns in recent UFC history.

McGregor looked a completely different man from the opening bell, anxiously waiting to see how the fight would unfold.

In the first round, McGregor was extremely disciplined, despite stating he would attack the Nate as he did in the first fight. McGregor attacked the front leg of Nate, which looked to affect Nate’s stance early on.

McGregor continued where he left off in the second round, putting on a clinical display and Nate started to look like he was falling away.

But Nate is best known for his durability and held off a strong Conor to turn the tables. During the latter parts of the second round and into the third, McGregor started to fade away quickly. Nate saw McGregor had gassed out and pounced on him like in their first fight.

From there it became the ultimate dog fight. In the fourth and fifth rounds it became evident that both men had run out of fuel and were running on empty. It then became a matter of who could survive until the end.

With the final round remaining, Nate’s camp instructed him he needed to win the round to win the fight, implying that the scores were locked up 2-2. Both men gave their absolute all in the final round, giving fans one of the best fights in UFC history.

Conor McGregor eventually winning the fight 48-47, 47-47, 48-47. Time for a trilogy!

After a gruelling five round thriller, McGregor was seen leaving the arena on crutches:

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