My Thoughts From The UFC 196 Main Card
Nate Diaz def. Conor McGregor via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4;12
This was not a total surprise to me. Nate Diaz had the reach, the experience, the ground game and most importantly the chin to withstand Conor McGregor’s pressure. I believe Conor could be successful in the division because not everybody could take the shots he landed. McGregor overlooked how durable Diaz was and he paid the price. Conor will still dominate the lower weight classes because he hits hard and will be able to pick his own opponents. Nate will get a few more big paydays but I don’t expect him to be anything more than he has always been. He doesn’t conform and the UFC will never take a risk on marketing a guy that does what he wants, when he wants to do it.
Miesha Tate def. Holly Holm via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 5, 3:30
This was another fight that seemed to surprise a lot of people…but not me. Miesha had the style to beat Holly and the UFC knew that. They tried to convince Holm to wait out Ronda so everybody could make a zillion dollars on the rematch. Miesha is a durable grinder that has great submission skills. She often falls behind but her experience and heart allow her to overcome when most people would quit. She went for the Hail Mary on 4th down and converted. On a side note, Miesha always seems like she is one button away from a wardrobe malfunction. Yes, please!!!
Ilir Latifi def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
This fight can be summed up by kick, punch, takedown, repeat. Nothing special but Latifi has now won 3 in a row.
Corey Anderson def. Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Tom Lawlor almost finished the fight early with some great combinations but Corey Anderson was able to clear his head and use his jab effectively to seal the win. It was a battle of skill and Anderson was able to keep the distance in his favor.
Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Amanda Nunes is a beast and she showed Valentina Shevchenko who the boss was for the first two rounds. It was apparent she gassed in the third but had enough experience to hold on for the win. Nunes could do some great things in the division and Valentina is no slouch herself.