UFC 196 is in the books and with that comes a couple of huge upsets and new records. In the main event Nate Diaz pulled off the biggest win of his career against “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, by submitting the Irishman via rear naked choke in the second round. Although McGregor came out swinging in the first round and landed some huge shots, it was not enough against the “more efficient” Nate Diaz. McGregor ran out of gas and took some huge shots which lead to the second round submission. This should not defy the career of the Featherweight Champ, who stated he plans on making the cut back down to 145 lbs and defending his title against one of two people, former Featherweight King Jose Aldo, and former Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. As for Diaz? It is unclear what will come next for him, but according to him, McGregor was simply “a warmup”. Diaz would also go on to set a new modern-era record for most wins by submission (8) and most fight of the night bonuses (14). Diaz wouldn’t be the only one to break records as McGregor becomes the first UFC fighter to net $1 million in a single fight. Needless to say, UFC 196 was a legendary card and I can’t wait to see both of these fighters return to the octagon.
In the Co-Main event we saw another stunning upset, as UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm got caught in a vicious rear naked choke in final round of the championship bout, but unlike McGregor, she chose to go to sleep instead of tapping. Miesha Tate finally earns her first UFC title and another crack at her bitter rival Ronda Rousey as UFC President, Dana White, stated. Holm stated that she would like to get back in the octagon as soon as possible, there are a few people that come to mind as possible contenders for Holm, but Cat Zigano is the first that comes to mind. Zigano owns a win over new crowned champion Miesha Tate, but hasn’t fought since her 16 second loss to former champ Ronda Rousey in February 2015. Which would be seen as a must win for Holm if she has any hopes of earning back what she believes belongs to her, the women’s Bantamweight title.
UFC 196 undercard results:
•Ilir Latifi def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Corey Anderson def. Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
PRELIMINARY (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
•Siyar Bahadurzada def. Brandon Thatchvia submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:11
•Nordine Taleb def. Erick Silva via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:34
•Vitor Miranda def. Marcelo Guimaraesvia TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:09
•Darren Elkins def. Chas Skelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-26)
PRELIMINARY (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
•Diego Sanchez def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Jason Saggo def. Justin Salas via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:31
•Teruto Ishihara def. Julian Erosa via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:34