Diaz, Tate stun fancied foes in UFC

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Nate Diaz applies a choke hold to win by submission against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). AFP PHOTO

Nate Diaz applies a choke hold to win by submission against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). AFP PHOTO

Former world champion Nate Diaz forced Irish Conor McGregor into submission in the second round via rear-naked choke in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 196 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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McGregor, who dropped to 19-3 win-loss record, had an impressive performance in the early part of their match up, when he connected a series of blows on the face of Diaz.

But the 30-year-old American Diaz countered a takedown from McGregor before forcing him with a rear naked choke that lasted 4:12 of second round improving his win-loss record to 20-10.

Before their fight, McGregor was coming off an impressive first round technical knockout win over Jose Aldo last December 12 in UFC 194, while Diaz came from a unanimous win over Michael Johnson last December 17 in UFC Fox 17.

Miesha Tate, meanwhile, dethroned UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm by locking her up with a rear-naked choke in the fifth round with still 3:30 left to become the new champion and establish a fifth straight triumph.

She improved her record to 18-5.

Holm, who scored an impressive second round knockout of Ronda Rousey last November, dropped to 10-1 win-loss record.

 JOSEF T. RAMOS

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