UFC 196: ‘McGregor vs Diaz,’ The Report Card
March 6, 2016 - Finding Carter
Wow. Well, that was unexpected.
I suspicion it was probable that there competence be one dissapoint in one of a dual showcase events during UFC 196 final night (Saturday, Mar 5, 2016) during MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, yet for both to go down was utterly a fixing of stars.
First, we customarily wish to speak about Conor McGregor’s initial UFC detriment and my thoughts about a male and a fighter. Because we consider people know I’ve been tough on him for his apparent God Complex and vulgar negligence and negligence for his opponents.
If we wasn’t a McGregor fan headed into a fight, afterwards we am now. Don’t get me wrong, we was always a fan of his abilities. But we couldn’t stomach his bad attitude, eloquent descriptions, decoration of his achievements, and clearly delusional clarity of faith in himself.
But, what done me a fan was how he rubbed himself in defeat. He didn’t censor behind a towel and exclude to acknowledge his detriment until literally forced to get in front of a camera 3 months after on Saturday Night Live and contend it. He didn’t delight in self empathize and go on a Ellen Degeneres uncover to contend he was deliberation finale it all and indispensable to have kids “to survive.”
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No, he took his detriment like a man. He took his violence like a champion. He walked into a press conference, gave Nate Diaz his credit, certified his shortcomings, and ostensible his portion of crow.
And during a finish of a day this is a male who had no reason to empty a featherweight belt and burst adult 25 pounds in weight to take on a warrior with no approach aptitude to any pretension row during any weight class. No, McGregor fought Diaz given he customarily likes to fight. No some-more difficult reason indispensable or given. Well, that, and it made him scads of cash.
I’ll always be a McGregor fan now, prolonged after a pseudonymous sock puppet bandwagon fans have sensitively dumped their accounts and sealed adult with a Diazrulez2094life alias. Because in life people aren’t tested by victory. They are tested by how they miscarry from defeat.
Trust me. I’ve schooled this a past year myself.
There were a lot of things about this quarrel that unequivocally astounded me. First, that customarily as he pronounced he would, Conor McGregor was fucking discerning during this weight class. He looked many faster than Nate Diaz, gnawing off heartless left hooks and uppercuts that, as he pronounced in a post-fight press conference, customarily make people “crumble”. As many opponents have schooled opposite a Diaz brothers, they don’t mostly crumble, and they don’t mostly tire or delayed down.
I was also astounded that Diaz was means to catch so many punishment. Yes, we know we customarily pronounced a Diaz brothers don’t blur in fights, yet on 10 days notice we didn’t consider he’d do as good as he did. My best box unfolding for him was a propitious acquiescence or a feat over a distance. Never did we consider he’d clock, dump and stop McGregor in a demeanour he did. And I’m flattering many a Diaz fanboy.
What also astounded me was a intensely intelligent approach Diaz fought this fight. Let me state that again. Intelligent. People consider a Diaz brothers are foolish given they can’t fibre a judgment together yet losing lane of a subject and going off on infrequently irrelevant tangents. But inside a enclosure they are sincerely good during calculating weaknesses, pressuring fighters when a time is right, and finishing when their competition is rocked.
Diaz indeed played opposite puncher to McGregor in a initial round, interesting repairs and removing destitute up, yet mitigating it by regulating a shoulder hurl to chuck a right poke and follow adult with a left. Rather than pressuring McGregor, he authorised a cocky warrior to come to him, ate his best shots, waited for McGregor to tire and delayed down in a second, and afterwards popped with with some discerning punches that led to a finish.
The thing about a Diaz brothers is that they competence not be a best fighters in a UFC, they competence not be harmful during any one skillset, and they competence never spot a UFC belt, yet they are always dangerous. McGregor’s overconfidence, joined with his negligence for Diaz’s power, was his downfall. Jesse Holland compared him to Anderson Silva in that both forsaken their hands opposite dangerous opponents, and both suffered a terrible consequences.
The final word on McGregor. The male is phenomenally gifted and we have each certainty he’ll be a force to be reckoned with for a prolonged time to come. He’s still customarily 27 and we’re customarily removing started here. It’s a good time to be a UFC fan.
It feels uncanny to consider of Miesha Tate as UFC champion. we mean, here’s a lady who was entirely dominated by Ronda Rousey twice, was smashed and stopped by Cat Zingano, and won an unexcited 4 decisions en track to a pretension shot. we mean, all about this quarrel screamed mismatch, generally given Holly Holm had brutally knocked out Rousey, who had dominated Tate.
But, that’s since MMA math doesn’t work. Shonie Carter violence Matt Serra violence Georges St-Pierre doesn’t make Carter a universe champion. Styles make fights, as a cliche goes, and Tate was always going to be dangerous opposite an untested warrior on a belligerent like Holm, who likes to spend all her time on a feet where she’s dangerous.
I don’t wish to take divided from Tate’s spectacle win in Las Vegas, yet nor do we wish to overblow it. This was radically Anderson Silva submitting Chael Sonnen in a fifth turn of a quarrel he was losing badly. This was Tate’s accost mary pass while down 6 points with seconds remaining. This was a make or mangle try to suppress a champion or go out on a scorecards.
Holm tranquil many of this quarrel on a feet, that isn’t startling for a former fighting champion. She simply won rounds one, 3 and four. It was turn dual where all roughly went awry, as Tate cumulative a takedown and scarcely strangled her for a win. But Holm, like a loyal champion, survived. we didn’t consider she’d make a same mistake again.
Tate had struggled to get Holm down all night prolonged and other than that brief success in a second round, it seemed unfit she’d conduct it again. When she did squeeze reason of a physique lock, Holm showed her unawareness by perplexing to get behind adult instead of fighting a behind take and surrendering guard. It was a deadly mistake and it cost her a belt. Of interest, had a turn finished with Tate on tip it likely would have been scored a draw.
The good news for Holm fans is that, like McGregor, she pronounced during a press discussion that she wants to get behind in a gym right away. So don’t be astounded to see her behind in a design earlier than later.
I don’t know how anybody can sight with an animal like Chris Weidman and still be as fat and idle as Gian Villante. That was a awful performance. The customarily saving underline to Villante’s opening in this quarrel was that he was means to things Ilir Latifi’s takedowns many of a time, yet though punishing a warrior for a attempts he unequivocally customarily gassed himself out in a process.
Villante is a bit of an enigma. Once a Strikeforce standout, a warrior blows prohibited and cold. Knockout Trevor Smith, gas out and remove to Fabio Maldonado. Knockout Corey Anderson, gas out and remove to Latifi. we mean, during what indicate does a treadmill means into all of this? How do we gas yourself out fortifying takedowns?
As for Latifi, a opening was endurable yet boring. He constantly sought a takedown he couldn’t land, yet a suplex that was kind of nice, and spent a lot of time looking for a knockout punch. Against a higher striker with equally good takedown defense, like Gegard Mousasi, he’d get picked apart. Oh wait, that already happened.
But there’s no need to chuck out a baby with a bathwater. This was a Swede’s fifth win in his final 6 UFC fights and a sarcasm of this multiplication means it’s approaching Latifi will get a stiffer exam in a unequivocally nearby future. There are some positives to take divided from his performance, such as a moments he used his kicks and his knees in a clinch. But he’ll positively need to do improved subsequent time out, quite opposite an competition who doesn’t lumber around with a speed of a Frankenstein.
Let’s customarily get a apparent out of a approach with first. Corey Anderson didn’t win a initial turn and a judges are imbeciles. Moving along.
Tom Lawlor was attempting to follow adult an intensely considerable second turn knockout opposite Gian Villante by holding on a male Villante knocked out in Anderson. UFC matchmakers mostly seem to suffer doing this, and it creates clarity given it pairs guys adult who are seen as being comparatively tighten on a invisible ladder over a tip 15 central rankings posted on their website.
Despite starting a quarrel good with glorious punching and countering, including a impulse Lawlor clearly harm Anderson, a “Filthy” one faded divided as a quarrel dragged on, permitting Anderson to quarrel his diversion and get a victory. “Beastin’ 25/8” uses his operation effectively and is a sincerely good technical striker, as we saw during many of a 3 rounds he was lighting adult a aforementioned languor Villante.
But Anderson has proven his chin can be burst and Lawlor scarcely accurate that in a initial turn again. Sadly, Lawlor didn’t adjust to a changes done in a second and third rounds, eating too many shots by his opponent, and never unequivocally anticipating a third rigging to put a vigour on Anderson and means him to wilt. When we give Anderson space and operation he’s customarily going to collect we apart. Lawlor indispensable to do a bit some-more of a wade and trade and bit reduction of a one punch wonders.
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Amanda Nunes competence have released one of a lamest callouts for a pretension quarrel in a story of a UFC after radically using her automobile on smoke to a finish line opposite Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes looked good early on in a fight, yet she finished terribly, removing dominated in a third and put in dangerous situations that done her demeanour intensely exposed and not during all like somebody who had won a quarrel convincingly.
The initial dual rounds were a whole other story. Nunes took Shevchenko down, kick on her, and scarcely submitted her. The second turn was arguably a 10-8 as she came unequivocally tighten to jacket adult a fight. But Shevchenko gutted it out and afterwards incited it on in a third turn as a Brazilian began to fade. The Muay Thai champion’s distinguished unequivocally began to shine, yet by afterwards it was too late.
Considering Nunes faded so badly in a 3 turn quarrel it’s tough to disagree she deserves a 5 rounder opposite Miesha Tate. But a crazy thing about women’s MMA is that I’m not certain she wouldn’t mop a building with Tate. MMA math is quite wily when it comes to a women, given it seems one of those “Any Given Sunday” manners request lately. And who’s to contend that Nunes losing a third turn was some-more about a bad opening and reduction about Shevchenko customarily being unequivocally good?
If Nunes does get a pretension shot it’ll substantially be given Ronda Rousey isn’t prepared to fight. The rumors are that she won’t be prepared to go again until November, so you’ve got to suppose a UFC will be engagement Tate for something for a interim. Then again, they competence not. Every time they play with a filler quarrel something violent comes along and screws adult all their destiny plans. Such as Rousey vs. Holm 2, for instance, busted final night by Tate.
Quick Hits From The Undercard
- How a ruin do we get to be an MMA warrior for 8 years and still have a takedown invulnerability of a baby lamb? Brandon Thatch (F) shat a bed final night before drumming out Sage Northcutt character opposite Siyar Bahadurzada (B-). we don’t know if I’ve ever seen a warrior so gifted be incompetent to implement his gifts given he can’t stay off his back. As for Bahadurzada, this man has a crazy chin.
- Remember when Erick Silva (F) was ostensible to be a subsequent large thing in a UFC? But he came in furious and kept removing knocked out? Now he comes in indeterminate and still gets knocked out, by Nordine Taleb (A+). Sucks to be him. Also, can we contend something for a record here? Some people were arguing with me on Twitter given we called him a Canadian even yet he was innate in France. Look, he changed to Tristar in Montreal in 2007, lives and trains there, and represented Canada during TUF Nations. So, chill out. He’s Canadian.
- Vitor Miranda (A) done me a unequivocally happy camper by knocking out a horrendously untalented Marcelo Guimarães (D), who we competence remember as being half a recipe in claimant for misfortune UFC quarrel of all time opposite Dan Stittgen. Thank you, Vitor.
- Darren Elkins (B+) unequivocally astounded me with how clever his wrestling was opposite Chas Skelly (D), who unequivocally unhappy me after making such a unusual quip in his final quarrel opposite Kevin Souza. Elkins competence be sincerely one dimensional, yet he’s effective.
- Much like a Godfather 3, each time we consider he’s out, he pulls me behind in. Diego Sanchez (B) put together a surprisingly technical quarrel opposite Jim Miller (C-), who is a man who looks like needs to make 145 pounds or bust during this point.
- Jason Saggo (A) was unequivocally considerable in his doing of Justin Salas (D), who unwisely motionless to take a high turn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt to a board early. He customarily gets a “D” given he was ostensible to lose, so it’s tough to destroy a child who did what everybody expected.
- Teruto Ishihara (B+) is a unequivocally intriguing awaiting during a age of 24, dispatching Julian Erosa (C-) around knockout in a second round. The customarily thing we didn’t like about a quarrel was a dog pierce he pulled by attack Erosa off a glove tap.
Well, folks, that’s a wrap. If it sucked it’s given it’s, like, 5 in a morning. See we kids in dual weeks for FRANK MUUUUUUUUUR, who customarily won’t retire.