It will be a date that will be branded in the minds of MMA fans everywhere. The night Conor McGregor first tasted defeat inside the octagon. It was also the night that Miesha Tate finally go over the hump and claimed UFC gold. UFC 196 will go down in history as one of the most dramatic events the sport has ever seen.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas has seen many fights and shocking outcomes but the events that took place at UFC 196 have to be at the top of the list.
McGregor was going up two weight classes than his previous bout to face Nate Diaz. McGregor and his camp had talked about challenging for the welterweight championship as well as the lightweight. Early on in the bout it looked like McGregor was well on his way to a welterweight title shot. His punches were landing clean on the face of Diaz. It was not long until Diaz’ face was starting to show the effects of McGregor’s punches. Though his right eye was bleeding in the first round, Diaz was not backing down and landed several jabs. At the end of the first round Diaz was able to grab a hold of McGregor for a take down after a couple of position changes neither man was able to do any damage while on the canvas before the horn sounded to end the first round.
The second round started with McGregor landing punches to the face. It was not long into the second round when Diaz’ face began to bleed once again. After a few exchanges Diaz landed a hard left that wobbled McGregor but the Irishman backed up and taunted Diaz to come forward and engage. Diaz was more than happy to oblige. Diaz comes forward and pushed McGregor toward the fence and the two exchange a series of strikes.
The end came when after the exchange McGregor mysteriously went for a take down. He was unsuccessful and would up giving Diaz side control. It is not long before Diaz moves into the full mount. McGregor quickly turns over and gives up his back. Seeing the opening, Diaz quickly wraps his arms around the neck of McGregor and secures a rear naked choke. McGregor has no other option but to tap out and just like that Nate Diaz pulls off one of the biggest upsets of the young year.
What made UFC 196 memorable was that it had two of the biggest upsets of the year happen back-to-back. The night’s co-main event was for the women’s bantamweight championship as Holly Holm was stepping inside the octagon for the first time since dethroning Ronda Rousey. Holm and her opponent Miesha Tate put on a show for the crowd in attendance and for the one’s watching on pay-per-view. It was a back and forth battle. Both fighters showed tremendous heart and grit. Tate had a game plan of exposing Holm’s weakness on the ground. The bout ended in the final minutes of round five when Tate was able to jump on the back of Holm and secure a rear naked choke. Holm dives down to the canvas to try and get Tate off her back but the choke only became tighter. Holm tries all she can to escape but Tate has her legs wrapped around her. The champion’s arm give one final twitch as if she is punching the air in reflex before she completely blacks out. The referee stops the bout and Miesha Tate is the new bantamweight champion.
Below are the full results from UFC 196.
MAIN CARD RESULTS:
- Nate Diaz def. Conor McGregor via submission in Round 2 at 4:12
- Miesha Tate def. Holly Holm via submission in Round 5 at 3:30
- Ilir Latifi def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision
- Corey Anderson def. Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision
- Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS:
- Siyar Bahadurzada def. Brandon Thatch via submission in Round 3 at 4:11
- Nordine Taleb def. Erick Silva via knockout Round 2 at 1:34
- Vitor Miranda def. Marcelo Guimaraes via TKO in Round 2 at 1:09
- Darren Elkins def. Chas Skelly via unanimous decision
- Diego Sanchez def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision
- Jason Saggo def. Justin Salas via TKO in Round 1 at 4:31
- Teruto Ishihara def. Julian Erosa via TKO in Round 2 at 0:34