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Published: 11:34 | 21/8/16

McGregor defeats Diaz at UFC 202


Conor McGregor gained revenge over Nate Diaz as he knocked the American onto the canvas three times before being declared winner by a majority decision late on Saturday night.

McGregor was pushed all the way in the latter rounds by Diaz, who defeated the Irishman back in March, and showed ruggedness to overcome arguably his toughest opponent to date.

Although at times looking a little fatigued, the Notorious made it through round three where it looked like history might have been about to repeat itself with Diaz starting to dominate a tiring McGregor.

However, the Dubliner regrouped, drawing deep into his reserves to fight back against his opponent and the final two rounds were very even with neither fighter landing any telling blows.

McGregor, probably aware he was leading on the judges' scorecards, aimed to ground down the closing stages of the fight but his plan almost came unstuck when Diaz took him down and the Featherweight champion was grateful to be saved by the final bell.

The wait for the judges' decision was a nervy one but McGregor was, correctly, declared the winner by a majority decision to atone for the only defeat during his meteoric rise in the UFC.

The first round started with McGregor targeting Diaz’s standing leg, before catching him with a straight left which dropped the American.

In the early moments of the second round, McGregor built on his impressive first round display by knocking Diaz twice more to the floor courtesy of his trademark left-handers.

Just as McGregor seemed to be in firm control of the fight, a bloodied Diaz threatened to replicate his performance earlier in the year, by applying real pressure and forcing the Irishman to dig deep after showing signs of fatigue.

Despite losing the third round, McGregor found his second wind and defended two potential Diaz takedowns, aiming to keep the fight standing up, a situation which favoured the former.

The fight reached the fifth round, and despite it being unfamiliar waters for McGregor, he managed to land a number of body punches and was able to defend a Diaz takedown in the latter stages to claim victory in what was one of UFC’s greatest ever battles.

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