UFC202 was easily one of the better cards in recent memory, drawing over 15,000 MMA fans through the gates of Nevada’s T-Mobile Arena. From the early Fight Pass Prelims to the top of the main card, the chaos was enduring.
With nine of twelve fights ending via KO/ TKO or submission, determining the fight of the night (or arvo) is near impossible. If you haven’t already watched this card, it’s strongly recommended you do so… from bottom to top.
Early Fight Pass Prelims
|Marvin Vettori||Alberto Uda||Submission – Guillotine||Round 1 – 4:30||Middleweight|
|Colby Covington||Max Griffin||TKO||Round 3 – 2:18||Welterweight|
|Lorenz Larkin||Neil Magny||TKO||Round 1 – 4:08||Welterweight|
|Cortney Casey||Randa Markos||Submission – Armbar||Round 1 – 4:34||Women’s Strawweight|
|Artem Lobov||Chris Avila||Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||Featherweight|
|Raquel Pennington||Elizabeth Phillips||Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||Women’s Bantamweight|
|Cody Garbrandt||Takeya Mizugaki||TKO||Round 1 – 0:48||Bantamweight|
Maincard – PPV
|Tim Means||Sabah Homasi||TKO||Round 2 – 2:56||Welterweight|
|Mike Perry||Hyun Gyu Lim||TKO||Round 1 – 3:38||Welterweight|
|Donald Cerrone||Rick Story||TKO||Round 2 – 2:02||Welterweight|
|Anthony||Johnson||KO||Round 1 – 0:13||Light Heavyweight|
|Conor McGregor||Nate Diaz||Decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47)||Round 3 – 5:00||Welterweight|
- Marvin Vettori for his slick guillotine choke
- Donald Cerrone’s combination to get the TKO
- Anthony Johnson’s right uppercut
- Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, for putting on an absolute war
Team McGregor went 2-0 against Team Diaz with McGregor’s close friend Atem Lobov getting the nod from the judges over Stockton’s Chris Avila. In the post fight presser Diaz noted that “Artem didn’t do much, he just didn’t get his ass whopped” in an attempt to defend Avila’s debut in the octagon. The Russian born Irishman said of Avila “it was very hard to get a knockout against a guy that doesn’t really want to engage”. A criticism Diaz made of McGregor post fight.
Clearly both Lobov and McGregor have been working on their leg kicks and grappling. Lobov noted post fight that “… he thought I had no ground game… it was nice to show people I do have a ground game as well” via an attempted leg lock.
At the post fight press conference questions to Diaz and McGregor focused on the potential of a trilogy and Nate’s act of sportsmanship at the end of the bout. On helping McGregor off the ground at the fights conclusion Diaz asked “…What do you want me to do, keep kicking the guy when he’s down?” explaining “… hey man, until next time it’s all good”.
McGregor showed respect to his opponent after what very well may have been the Fight of the Year, admitting that what he and Nate endured “… was not easy, it was a war. I’m happy it went that way, I got to show my heart in there.”
Amid reports of a broken foot, Conor was asked about his non-typical use of leg kicks in this fight. “I’ll tell you what fuck leg kicks…”, though those heavy leg kicks were landing consistently throughout the early rounds Conor noted “he got pretty good at checking ‘em, he’s not what he was.”
“Shit’s about to hit the fan” alleges McGregor, hinting at endeavours outside of MMA. Rumours float around, but clear terms were set a rematch with Diaz at 155lb (70kg), or for a title defence down at 145lb (67kg).
We all know we need to see the conclusion of this trilogy. Though is Dana White reckons “we’re definitely not doing this a third time, right now.”
‘Right now’ being the operative words…