While WWE presents their NXT “Takeover: Brooklyn II” event, UFC is presenting their UFC 202 event. Conor McGregor will take on Nate Diaz in a rematch of their UFC 196 bout as the main event tonight. Here is a quick rundown of the results from their show.
UFC Fight Pass Prelim Matches:
Fight #1: Marvin Vettori def. Alberto Uda by submission at 4:30 in the first. Good work from Vettori to come back after getting all busted up and get the submission locked in nicely.
Fight #2: Colby Covington def. Max Griffin by TKO at 2:18 of the third. Covington handled this pretty one-sided affair with a good finish. He was the better man tonight.
Fight #3: Lorenz Larkin def. Neil Magny by TKO at 4:08 of the first. A fantastic win for Larkin, as he looked dominant from start to finish by working Magny’s leg, then following with elbows. Great bout for Larkin.
Fox Sports Prelim Matches:
Fight #1: Cortney Casey def. Randa Markos by submission at 4:34 of the first. A great submission win for Casey. She controlled the ground action, then set up the finish transition into the armbar. A significant loss for Markos in this one.
Fight #2: Artem Lobov def. Chris Avila by unanimous decision. Not a very good fight.
Fight #3: Raquel Pennington def. Elizabeth Phillips by decision. A good performance from Pennington who is moving up the ranks of the bantamweight division.
Fight #4: Cody Garabrandt def. Takeya Mizugaki by TKO at 0:48 of the first. Holy dominant performance! He landed a big right then followed with additional strikes to end it. Amazing.
UFC 202 Main Card, aired Live on Pay Per View from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Fight #1: Tim Means def. Sabah Homasi in a welteweight fight by TKO, 2:56 of the second round. Homasi was too tough for his own good in the first, scoring two takedowns, but he ate a lot of damage on his feet. Means busted him open in the second and kept up the pressure until the official finally stopped it. Means landed a lot of great elbow and knee strikes.
Fight #2: Mike Perry def. Hyun Gyu Lim in a welterwieght bout by TKO, 3:38 of the first. This was Perry’s UFC debut, and it was very impressive. Perry finished it out of side control, then he landed a strike that knocked Lim down and followed with some ground and pound until the official stopped it.
Fight #3: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone def. Rick Story in a welterweight bout by TKO, 2:02 of the second. Cerrone got a good smart takedown early, and he stayed active on his feet throughout the first. He finished it with a combination that ended with a head kick, and he immediately pounced to finish off Story with the stoppage. Cerrone really put in a great effort here.
Fight #4: Anthony “Rumble” Johnson def. Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight bout by knockout, of the first. Johnson hit an uppercut that sent Teixeira to the mat, then landed one more shot. It was over that fast. Very impressive win for Johnson, who should catapult himself back into a shot at Daniel Cormier or a shot at Jon Jones in a No. 1 Contender’s bout.
After the fight Johnson was critical of the issues that came up at the Diaz-McGregor press conference where they were throwing bottles and what not. He said he didn’t need to do that to get knockouts, and they can just “do the damn thing.”
Fight #5: Conor McGregor def. Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout, by majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47). McGregor got in a great first round. He had a much more measured and patient approach to this fight than their previous bout at UFC196. The fight definitely went his way early on. He dropped Diaz early in the second and continued to control the scoring, having the second round go in his favor as well. Diaz scored some late offense though to keep things interesting. As the third round got going, Diaz started to take over and momentum started to go his way. McGregor started to look tired and Diaz started to pick speed up.
McGregor bounced back in the fourth, landing a lot of strikes and leg kicks. All around, a very good fight and not at all reminiscent of the UFC 196 bout that ended quickly. On to the fifth, McGregor had an important moment of defense to avoid a takedown. At one point McGregor moved away and Diaz flipped him off. McGregor landed a couple combinations but Diaz was able to pressure in the clinch. Diaz got in some strikes at the horn. The fifth could easily have gone to Diaz, but McGregor ended up pulling off the majority decision.
This was a strong performance from McGregor and much better than his fight with Diaz in March. McGregor called for a rubber match, as did Diaz. Diaz said “they can’t have a motherfucker like me winning” to the decision. You have to figure that at some point UFC will go back to it – but Dana White has already said he wants McGregor to defend his title at 145 also. We’ll see how that all unfolds.