Conor “The Notorious” McGregor avenged his first loss to Nate Diaz by posting a majority decision win on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 202 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in US.
McGregor’s win-loss record improved to 20-3 after getting a favorable 48-47, 47-47, 48-47 decision from the judges.
Diaz dropped to 20-11.
McGregor’s improved performance was too much for Diaz to take, surprising him with barrage of punches and kicks in the first round.
The 31-year-old Diaz did not back down to the challenge as he unleashed counter-punches.
But Diaz was forced to the fence and was hit on the right eye by McGregor’s solid right punch.
The 28-year-old Irishman took advantage of the bleeding Diaz, who was obviously bothered by the blood flowing on his right eyelid.
“All I know is it’s 1-1, regroup and we’ll do it again, this time at 155 pounds,” McGregor told UFC writer Thomas Gerbasi during the post fight interview. “Surprise, surprise, the king is back. If you want this trilogy, it’s on my terms.”
McGregor lost his first fight against Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Diaz via second round rear-naked submission hold in UFC 196 on March 16.
“I want number three,” Diaz said also to UFC website. “I gave him number two the second day, so I’m ready to go again. I thought I won that fight. They can’t have a $%^$ like me winning. I’m too real for this sport.”