Saturday August 29, 2016— Live from the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas the UFC put on their second event inside the new arena and they came with a card that was fully loaded. With the main event being one of the most anticipated rematch in UFC history, as the featherweight champion of the world Connor McGregor took on #4 ranked lightweight in the world Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout. As everyone knows their first fight was on two weeks’ notice and the Stockton bad boy took down the notorious one. Now with their rematch set to happen the same hatred didn’t change one bit. From a wild press conference to an even crazier weigh in these two warriors that hate each other tore the house down. Aside from the main event that could have sold the PPV alone, there was a fully stacked card including the co main that was for the next shot at light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. #1 ranked light heavyweight in the world Anthony “Rumble” Johnson took on the #2 ranked light heavyweight Glover Teixeira and with Jon Jones out of the picture this fight has just as much riding on it as if it was for the actual championship itself. Also on the card a welterweight showdown between Cowboy Donald Cerrone and Rick Story, Cowboy has taken down every welterweight that has been thrown at him and Story back from injury is looking to make it two straight. Cody Garbrandt looks to remain undefeated and set in stone his title shot against Takeya Mizugaki, and Neil Magny took on Lorenz Larkin in a welterweight war. Raquel Pennington back in action and the return of the Dirty Bird Tim Means. All the action kicked off on the UFC Fight Pass with a middleweight bout between Alberto Uda and Marvin Vettori. So….
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!!
This historical night kicked off in the middleweight division as Alberto Uda (9-1) took on Marvin Vettori (10-2), the night gets started with a bang and a nasty cut wasn’t going to stop Marvin Vettori as he gets the 1st round finish. Winner: Marvin Vettori (11-2) by Submission (Guillotine) Round 1. – Looser: Alberto Uda (9-2). Next up in the welterweight division Colby Covington (9-1) took on Max Griffin (12-2), after some heated exchanges at the weigh-ins it was Colby Covington that was able to establish the early dominance and seal the deal in the 3rd round with a stoppage. Winner: Colby Covington (10-1) by TKO Round 3. – Looser: Max Griffin (12-3). In the featured UFC Fight Pass prelim the welterweights took center stage as the Mr. Reliable himself #7 Neil Magny (18-5) took on the always dangerous Lorenz Larkin (17-5), A unbelievable performance by Lorenz Larkin, as he faces free agency Larkin came in and destroyed the #7 ranked welterweight in the world. Winner: Lorenz Larkin (18-5) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Neil Magny (18-6). As the prelims switch to FS1 the strawweight division got things kicked off as #13 Randa Markos (6-4) took on Cortney Casey (5-3), after a bad start for Corney Casey, she was able to weather the storm and show some dominant ground work to warn the submission finish. Winner: Cortney Casey (6-3) by Submission (Arm Bar) Round 1. – Looser: Randa Markos (6-5). Next up a featherweight bout between Team McGregor and Team Diaz as Team McGregor and TUF runner-up Artem Lobov (12-12-1) took on Team Diaz Chris Avila (5-2), the first shot was thrown as Artem Lobov was straight dominant from start to finish. Avila never got a chance to get going and he just ran out of time. Winner: Artem Lobov (13-12-1) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27). – Looser: Chris Avila (5-3). Next up in the women’s bantamweight division #8 Raquel Pennington (7-6) took on Elizabeth Phillips (5-3), Rocky Pennington’s redemption tour continued as she put on a clinic in a dominating win over Philips. Winner Raquel Pennington (8-6) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27). – Looser: Elizabeth Philips (5-4). In the prelim headliner a bantamweight war between the undefeated #8 Cody Garbrandt (9-0) and #11 Takeya Mizugaki (21-9-2), Cody No Love showed that he deserves the next shot at the title as he finishes Mizugaki in the 1st round by TKO. Little time wasted for No Love a dominating performance. Winner: Cody Garbrandt (10-0) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Takeya Mizugaki (21-10-2).
As the main card kicks off the most anticipated PPV of the year get starts off in the welterweight division as The Dirty Bird Tim Means (25-7-1) makes his return to take on late replacement Sabah Homasi (11-5), it was a hell of a return for Tim Means as he dominated Homasi, Means leaves with some bumps and bruises Homasi leaves covered in blood. A great way to kick off the PPV. Winner: Tim Means (26-7-1) by TKO Round 2. – Looser: Sabah Homasi (11-6). Next up we stay in the welterweight division as Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1) took on the undefeated Mike Perry (7-0), what a UFC debut for Mike Perry as he floored Lim three different times and that was all she wrote. A perfectly executed fight. Winner: Mike Perrry (8-0) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Hyun Gyu Lim (13-6-1). Next up a welterweight war between two of the best as #9 Rick Story (19-8) took on #14 Donald Cerrone (30-7), Donald Cerrone cruises to another win in the welterweight division. A third straight finish and this time it was against a top 10 opponent. Story fought hard but Cowboy was just too much. Winner: Donald Cerrone (31-7) by TKO Round 2. – Looser: Rick Story (19-9). In the co main event a shot at the light heavyweight title was on the line as the #1 light heavyweight contender in the world #1 Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (21-5) took on #2 Glover Teixeira (25-4), Just like that Anthony Rumble Johnson finishes Glover in the 1st round in just seconds. We have a new #1 contender for champion Daniel Cormier. The most dangerous man in the sport.
Main Event Welterweight Division
Featherweight Champion Connor McGregor (19-3) Vs (LW) #4 Nate Diaz (20-10)
The most anticipated rematch in recent history the featherweight champion of the world Connor McGregor looked to avenge his lost to the #4 ranked lightweight in the world Nate Diaz. The build up to this fight was crazy and hectic, but the fight itself whipped away all the nonsense from the buildup. The began with a complete different pace. Connor took his time and started to break down Diaz lead leg, with the success of the leg kicks Connor was finding a home for his strikes. Into the 2nd Connor continued to break down Nate but as the round wore on Diaz took the abuse and McGregor started to look like he was wearing down. Diaz started to land some big shots and even work McGregor into the clinch. Through two its very close but Connor gas tank is starting to empty. Into the 3rd both fighters starting to wear down but its Diaz who is pushing and landing big shots that has McGregor hurt. Connor Defense is holding up but Diaz ate everything Connor was throwing and just kept pushing. Into the 4th championship rounds and Diaz looks primes for action. They meet in the middle and Connor starts to work back on the leg. With the leg kicks landing Connor lands a few big strikes that has Diaz bloody. With his vision blurry Diaz works Connor into the clinch but Connor turns it around and lands some big shots. Diaz returns with a right that rocks McGregor but Connor returns and the fight goes on. Connor starts to land some more strikes as he tries to steal a round back before going into the 5th. Into the 5th and final round the fight is as close as it was when the first bell rang, Connor goes back to work on the leg but Diaz returns by putting Connor in the clinch but the Notorious One works his way out. Diaz has blood pouring down but keeps pushing. Diaz goes for another takedown but McGregor blocked it again. Connor walks away trying to catch his breath Diaz responds with the middle finger and the fight roles on. Diaz works back into the clench and starts to land some mean dirty boxing shots. Nate goes for another takedown but Connor stuffs it again. Nate keeps pushing and working the clench. Connor works his way back out and Diaz responds with a turnaround back into the clench. Diaz lands some more dirty boxing and as time rolls down Diaz lands a big takedown. After some ground and pound the final bell sounds and the fight comes to an end. What a war. The fight was as close as it could be, both guys left it all out there. A lot of strikes landed from both fighters. At the end Connor did enough to get the win, but as close as it was Nate stayed with Connor neck and neck. A very close decision but hats off to Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz they left it all in the octagon.
Winner: Connor McGregor (20-3) by Majority Decision (48-47,47-47,48-47,)
Looser: Nate Diaz (20-11)
By: Rick San Bartolome
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