That was an interesting fight!
McGregor looked spectacular until Diaz' 1-2 caught him.
I like both fighters, so I'm not salty or anything but it is really worth pointing out how magnificently Conor toyed with Diaz. His bridging, countering and just moving around during round 1&2 is something to study.
However, Diaz is no slouch either and displayed a ridiculously strong chin.
His 1-2 combination is peculiar and deserves a closer look:
There are a lot of ways to fire a straight behind a jab:
Many prefer to emphasize the powerpunch and only feel with the jab.
That's usually how its taught.
A dirtier variation is hiding a swooping, crossing overhand right behind a jab, thrown in quick succession.
-The street version uses the jab as a grabbing device here-
Such a combo, too, has little need for a powerful jab.
Nate Diaz' jab is pretty good in MMA.
What stands out is his ability to fire the straight right behind.
He's also good at playing with distance and luring the opponent in a bit then going for a very long jab followed by his straight right on the same spot a microsecond later.
His upper body makes a circular movement, assisting range, defense and offense through leaning and snap.
Most fighters can take a good jab without being bothered too much. Diaz is also not the archetype of a power puncher.
However, getting peppered twice on the chin in such a fashion is Diaz' sledgehammer.
It is a rangy and effective combo.
Together with Nate's tenacity, toughness and stamina he can hang with anyone in his division.
I wish people wouldnt make such a big deal out of Conor's loss.
In contrast to more cautious fighters, he has yet to come up with one boring fight.
Hopefully, he doesn't heed the haters' boos and kicks out his metrosexual ballet trainer in favour of a wrestlecamp.
If anything, I say he needs a synchronised swimming coach to start a new wave of handstand-based heel kick-combinations.
Miesha's & Holly's fight was also great.
Sadly, that probably means a women-headed UFC 200 (Ronda vs Miesha)!
Which, if successful means a trans-headed UFC 300 (Fox vs Kroc?)?
Which means an cross species-uber violence UFC 400 (Pudzianowski vs Free Willy vs Fedor Jong Un's son- favoured pronouns shklee, shklim, shkler) !?
Which could bring GSP out of retirement, if Pudzianowski will submit to the new testing protocol, which I fell is kinda great!