"The king is coooming" is what McGregor fans where thinking of when Conor "the notorious" McGregor walked in to the octagon with determination in his eyes for last nights UFC202's main event.
On the flip side, Diaz fans saw what seemed to be a preoccupied fighter heading into the slaughterhouse. Anyone who knows fighting understands the outcome of a fight is largely influenced by mental and psychological factors and even with his recent loss against Diaz, Conor McGregor seemingly managed to get under Diaz's skin.
A round-by-round analysis on one UFC's most anticipated fights
The first round of the fight revealed McGregor's determination to stick to his game plan; knock-out Diaz after a few rounds and avoid getting clinched or brought down to the ground. And that's exactly what was achieved. McGregor absolutely dominated Diaz with superb striking and matching dodging techniques. Conor McGregor hands-down won the first round and it was in my opinion much more to his advantage than what the judges scored him for; 10/9, 10/9 and 10/9, really?
The second round is where things got a little cumbersome for McGregor. It would seem here that round one took a little too much wind out of Conor's game plan and in round 2 he started showing signs he was out of gas. Although McGregor maintained his striking domination, Diaz's resilience to his hits was getting exhausting. By the end of round 2, Diaz started to get the better of McGregor through clinching and pounding. McGreggor was probably happy to hear the bell at the end of this round. The judges scores where once again strangely unrepresentative of the round; 10/9, 10/9 and 10/9 show's McGregor got the better of Diaz which all in all is true but Diaz deserved better here.
Round three is where both fighters demonstrated their fighting skills while being out of breath. McGregor remained focus his objective and repetitively struck Diaz with significant blows to the head. I think McGregor would be right in saying he almost slapped his head off once again here in UFC202. However, Diaz's resilience to being punched in the face being quite astonishing gave him the break he needed to clinch McGregor and grind some hits on him. Although both fighters where short on energy by now, Diaz seemed to breathe better than McGregor which no matter how much anxiety was left under his skin by now, oxygenating muscles remains a big deal! This time, the judges seemed to have gotten it better and gave the round to Diaz; 8/10, 9/10, 9/10.
Round four was similar to round 3 but McGregor looked like he found a second wind and once again took control of the fight with his striking which by then, Diaz's facial blood river must have been a deterrent to his vision. The judges must of noticed and scored accordingly in favor of McGregor: 10/9, 10/9, 10/9 ?
The 5th and final round in my opinion should have gone to McGregor but the judges saw it differently and gave the round to Diaz: 9/10, 9/10 and 9/10. Really? I suspect McGregors "run away and catch my breath" tactics might of played a bit against him here.
The king is "bauck" !
Nevertheless, the fight was rightfully won by McGregor in a majority decision and now "the king is bauk". His immediate attention turned to the expected trilogy finale with his public invitation to Diaz to meet i'm in the lower weight class. I have no doubt there will be a third fight between these two but I am curious to see what weight category it will be in and if it's lower, how will Diaz fight against a fitter McGregor ?
I would like to highlight the ridiculous post fight comment made by Diaz after loosing last night
"I thought I won that fight. They can't have a motherf--ker like me winning. I'm too real for this sport. They're going to get me out when they can, but it's all good, though."by Author
That my friends was a pathetic way to loose ...