UFC 196 – Daily Fantasy Sports Recap
Featherweight champion Conor McGregor, once seemingly invincible was stunned Saturday night, as well as the MMA world when he got submitted in the 2nd round of UFC 196 by Nate Diaz. FanPicks is proud to bring you this quick recap of this past weekend’s main events in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. Come enjoy daily fantasy sports news at Fanpicks and enjoy our contests.
McGregor came into this fight hoping to show the world he could dominate and hold multiple weight classes’ titles. However, it wasn’t the case and he actually had a difficult time coping with the way Diaz handled his stand up boxing style and punch power unlike the other featherweights. McGregor got submitted at the end of the 2nd round by a rear-naked choke despite showing total control and confidence throughout the fight.
Diaz, who accepted the fight just 11 days ahead of the event because of Rafael Dos Anjos’ withdrawal due to an injury, was willing to fight at 160 lbs instead of 170. The confident Irishman however still decided to challenge him at 170, 25 lbs over his typical 145 pounds featherweight. McGregor, UFC’s brightest star will most likely avoid a rematch against Diaz or anyone at 170 but we may definitely see him in the lightweight division.
The co-main event featured former UFC Bantamweight Champion and boxing world champion, Holly Holm against Miesha Tate, seen by many as a veteran to the sport. Just 4 months after her stunning victory against Ronda Rousey, Holm’s time as the UFC Bantamweight Champion is up. Holm controlled most of the fight and actually got out in the 2nd round from a long and tough takedown. Heading into the 5th round and up until 90 seconds left, it seemed like Holm was going to retain her belt. It took the final sequence when Tate took advantage of a miscalculation from Holm to choke and submit her.
According to Dana White, Tate who’s won 5 fights in a row will most likely defend her belt against former champion, Ronda Rousey later this year. Tate has lost twice to Rousey in the past and with Tate more confident than ever, it will be an it will be an interesting contest between the two veterans.