Last month, fight fans tuned in for the highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. McGregor was stepping into the Octagon in hopes of avenging his March 5th loss to Diaz in the main event of UFC 196.
In the pair’s first fight, Diaz stepped in on just 2 weeks notice for Rafael dos Anjos, who withdrew from the fight with a broken foot. Diaz shocked the world as he rocked McGregor in the 2nd round, and then submitted him with a rear naked choke.
In the rematch, McGregor and Diaz went to war for 5 rounds, with McGregor ultimately being given the majority decision win. The fight, which many believe to be one of the greatest of all time, was nothing special in the eyes of former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
He spoke to MMAFighting:
“I think most of the people watched MMA for the first time that day and they think that was… I just saw two sloppy guys after the second round. The fight got so sloppy, and I didn’t see the best fight of all times at all, but it is what it is.”
“The first round was good,” he continued. “Conor dropped Nate a couple of times, but then I didn’t see like ‘Wow, what an exciting fight.’ I didn’t see that way. I’ve watched better fights before.”
So far there’s been n o word yet on what McGregor’s next fight will be, however UFC President Dana White has stated that if McGregor doesn’t return to featherweight, he will be stripped of his featherweight title.
Despite that, McGregor has remained noncommittal about returning to featherweight, stating that his next fight will likely take place at lightweight.