Tacoma native Miesha Tate takes title from Holm at UFC 196

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"This has deflated the Conor McGregor band wagon".

And she triumphed in the fifth, ending the fight this rear-naked choke. Holm was unconscious, and Tate was crowned the new UFC bantamweight champion.

McGregor, on the other hand, seemed bewildered.

"I put a knee in his stomach and heard him go huuuh".

But the next round, reality hit.

A shot to McGregor's jaw saw him attempt a takedown, and Diaz pounced. Tate won and White confirmed that she'd meet Rousey a third time.

"It's a bitter pill to swallow", he added.

Nate Diaz said his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 196 had nothing to do with size or weight, but rather that he was simply the better martial artist.

Holly Holm went limp and appeared to be unconscious from the rear naked choke applied by Miesha Tate, the UFC's new bantamweight champion.

As MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani notes, the Canadian is not the type to take a watching brief without there being something else potentially in the works. With wins over the likes of Mendes, BJ Penn and Urijah Faber in that span, his resume certainly looks worthy of a title bout. That's obviously out of the question now that Diaz tapped McGregor on Saturday night, but that doesn't mean the Irishman is off of the July megacard.

Moving up in weight was considerable for McGregor from 145 pounds, where he still reigns as champion.

"I'm faster than anybody, I gotta warm up".

If fans would have known what was going to transpire at UFC 196, perhaps even the gate and attendance records would have crumbled.

When they entered the Octagon, the fans were squarely behind McGregor.

Like McGregor, Edgar has flashed one-punch power, most notably in his win over Mendes. But who's to say they'll give it to me right away? "Remember, I'm the black belt in jiu jitsu, and you're shooting on me now; you and me know this is a wrap", he said. I took a chance.

Diaz caught McGregor with a big left that backed him up.

Speaking to Fox Sports after the most significant victory of his career, Diaz revealed that, after studying the Dubliner, he knew an early barrage was coming his way.

"I felt like I was superior boxer", Diaz said.

Diaz stunned Connor McGregor with a second-round pounding and submission. He trades - excuse me, traded - in the aura of the undefeated as much as he would have a title. Usurpers lurk, fill up on grievances real and imagined, and dream of what Nate Diaz did Saturday: telling the world and your enemy to you-know-what after humiliating him in front of his horde of supporters and sycophants.

 

 

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