UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz Recap & Official Results
Saturday March 5, 2016— UFC196 is finally here, and the fight we have all been waiting for will finally take place. The undisputed featherweight champion of the world Connor McGregor will take on the MMA veteran Nate Diaz in a welterweight showdown. McGregor was supposed to challenge lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos for his title, but Dos Anjos had to pull out due to a broken foot and everyone knows the show must go on. The UFC found a new opponent in Nate Diaz to fight the Notorious one. With the fight being held at 170 both fighters came in on weight and ready for a war. Two of the biggest trash talkers going head to head the MMA world was set to explode when this fight started. The Co main event featured the defense of the Women’s Bantamweight championship, as current champion Holly Holm defended her title against #2 ranked contender Miesha Tate. This was Hollys first defense since capturing the title back in November of last year were she defeated Ronda Rousey, now set to face Miesha there was no doubt that Holly would have to use a different type of skill set to retain her title. Miesha Tate has been on the biggest role of her life to earn this title shot, Being undefeated in the last few years Miesha sat back and waited for this opportunity and now that the time has come Cupcake Tate was ready for a war. A women’s bantamweight banger between Nunes and Shevchenko and a light heavyweight bout between Villante and Latifi that had every MMA fan wondering who is the next light heavyweight star. A full slate of prelims to get us started on this night that we have all been waiting for on Fightpass and FS1.
LETS GET THINGS STARTED!
The 1st prelim was in the featherweight division as Julian Erosa (15-3) took on Teruto Ishihara (8-2-2), in the 2nd round the winner by KO Teruto Ishihara. Next up in the lightweight division Jason Saggo (10-2) took on Justin Salas (12-6), in the 1st round the winner by TKO Jason Saggo. Next up in the lightweight division Diego Sanchez (27-8) took on Jim Miller (25-7), after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Diego Sanchez. Next up in featherweight division Darren Elkins (20-5) took on Chas Skelly (15-1), after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Darren Elkins. Next up in the middleweight division Vitor Miranda (12-4) took on Marcelo Guimaraes (9-1-1),the winner in the 2nd round by TKO Vitor Miranda. Next up on the main stage the welterweights as Erick Silva (18-6) took on Nordine Taleb (11-3), in the 2nd round the winner by KO Nordine Taleb. Next up we stay in the welterweight division Brandon Thatch (11-3) took on Siyar Bahadurzada (21-6-1), in the 3rd round Siyar Bahadurzada gets the submission finish. The main card kicks off with the ladies bantamweight division as Amanda Nunes (11-4) took on Valentina Schevchenko (12-1) on 9 day’s notice, after going all 3 rounds the winner by unanimous decision Amanda Nunes. Next up In the light heavyweight division Corey Anderson (8-1) took on Tom Lawlor (10-5), after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Corey Anderson. The light heavyweights stay on the main stage as Gian Villante (14-6) took on Llir Latifi (12-4), after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision LLir Latifi .
Co Main Event Undispted Womens Bantamweight Title
C Holly Holm (10-0) Vs #2 Miesha Tate (17-5)
The co main event featured two of the top women MMA fighters in the world, Champion Holly Holm defended her title for the first time since winning it back in November against Miesha Tate. Tate is undefeated in the last few years and was set in stone to get this shot at the title. Both women at the top of their game, the champion wanting to show that she is more than a one hit wonder, and the challenger is looking to get her chance at glory. The 1st round starts out with both fighters showing respect for one another not a lot of action. Holm opens up with a nice combo, Miesha follows up with a nice right hand that lands. The champion throws some volume with very little landing. Miesha throws a little combo that lands but Holm finds a home for a high leg kick in return. As the 1st round comes to an end its very close through one. With the little action that took place it wasn’t clear on who took that round. The 2nd round begins with Tate getting a takedown and right into side control. Tate has the champions neck, slipping in a few elbows has Holm in full guard. Miesha continues to drop some mean elbows and really wearing down Holm. The champion has some great defense here but Tate just keeps coming. Tate takes Holms back and slips in 2 hooks and takes the champions back. Tate locks in the rear naked choke but the grit and great defense of the champion breaks her free as the round comes to an end. A big round for Tate. The 3rd round begins with Tate trying to close of the octagon, Holm moving around a lot looking for an opening. The champion throws a leg kick to keep Tate back. Holm lands a straight right hand. Miehsa goes for a takedown but Holm avoids it. Holm throws another high leg kick, Tate lands a good combo followed by a straight leg kick to the body. Tate takes another shot that gets stuffed again. Holm follows up with another high leg kick and that is the end of the 3rd round. Not a lot of action in that round but Holm seemed to do more work than Tate. The 4th round starts out with both fighters exchanging strikes, Holm takes Tate into the clench against the cage. Both fighters land some dirty boxing shots and they work it back to the center. Tate goes for a shot but Holm sprawls perfectly to stuff it, a couple of nice body shots after and they are back on their feet. Holly lands a couple of combos that could seal the round. The 4th round comes to an end with Holm really starting to pick up steam. The 5th round begins with Tate landing a few strikes, Holly throwing and landing the oblique kicks to keep Tate back. Tate goes for another shot that gets stuffed. Tate works Holm into the clench but again the champion turns it around and works it back to the center. Tate starting to look a little desperate by going for another takedown that gets stuffed. Tate follows up with another takedown that lands. Tate holds down Holm to take her back and slip in the rear naked choke. Holm tried to stand up and shake her off but Tate holds on and locks it in completely and Holly Holm passes out cold and IT IS ALL OVER. The winner ANDNEW undisputed women’s bantamweight champion of the world Miehsa Tate. With her back against the ropes Tate never gave up and gets her title that she has waited for. What a fight congrats to the new champion Miesha Cupcake Tate.
Main Event Welterweight Fight
Featherweight Champion Connor McGregor (19-2) Vs #5 lightweight Nate Diaz (19-10)
The main event had so much clouds around it with Dos Anjos having to pull out and Nate Diaz having to step in. Now that the night is here there is so much that any writer can say but I’m going to say this. TWO OF THE BEST SHIT TALKERS IN ALL OF MMA ARE ABOUT TO GO HEAD TO HEAD. Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz lets go. The 1st round starts out with both fighters throwing a few crazy shots that don’t land. McGregor throws and lands some mean shots to Diaz face. As hard as Connor lands Diaz doesn’t seem to be shook. McGregor throwing and landing the majority of the volume of strikes. Connor throws a high leg kick that misses followed up by more strikes that land. Connor is landing almost all of his punches enough to open up Diaz. The 1st round ends with McGregor clearly winning the 1st round. The 2nd starts out with Connor continuing to push and land strikes. Diaz really starting to bleed from these strikes. Nate goes into the clench but Connor works his way out. Nate is a punching bag right now. Connor lands a big uppercut but Diaz keeps coming. Nate lands a big shot that rocks Connor. Diaz works into the clench and the dirty boxing begins. Don’t count out Diaz here at all a lot of volume being thrown and a lot landing. Connor works his way out of the clench and Connor makes a huge mistake and tried to takedown Diaz. The takedown gets stuffed and Diaz takes full mount, the ground and pound begins. McGregor tried to get up and Diaz slips in the guillotine but the blood slips Connor free. After that Diaz takes Connors back and slips in the rear naked choke and that’s it. Connor taps out and Nate Diaz gets the win. What a fight, what a battle. Connor got a little to cocky and it came back to hurt him.
At the end of the night a new champion was crowned and a Notorious champion was defeated. What a night of fights from the MGM. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
UFC 196 Results:
- Nate Diaz def. Conor McGregor via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:12 of Round 2
- Miesha Tate def. Holly Holm by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:30 of Round 5
- Ilir Latifi def. Gian Villante by unanimous decision (30-27×3).
- Corey Anderson def. Tom Lawlor by unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28)
- Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (29-28×2, 29-27)
- Siyar Bahadurzada def. Brandon Thatch by submission at 1:55 of Round 3
- Nordine Taleb def. Erick Silva by TKO (punches) at 1:34 of Round 2
- Vitor Miranda def. Marcelo Guimaraes by TKO (punches and kicks) at 1:09 of Round 2
- Darren Elkins def. Chas Skelly by
unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-26)
- Diego Sanchez def. Jim Miller by
unanimous decision (29-28×3)
- Jason Saggo Justin Salas by TKO (punches from back mount) at 3:41 of Round 1
- Teruto Ishihara def Julian Erosa by
KO (punches) at 0:34 of Round 2
By: Rick San Bartolome
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