Their first bout back in March was just a taste of what was coming. Back then, Nate Diaz arrived as a last minute replacement and surprised everyone choking Conor McGregor in the second round. Both fighters brought to the octagon what they promised at the press conference and hit each other with everything they got.
This time, both fighters knew what was upfront and were ready for war. The so anticipated fight had all the right ingredients that the UFC needed to get back on track after a controversial UFC 200 and a not so great UFC 201. Not to mention the sale of the enterprise, the recent doping cases and of course, the temporary retirement of McGregor. Nonetheless, UFC kept betting on their Irish luck, and it finally worked, like a charm. The McGregor Diaz 2 fight, was probably the best fight UFC has held so far during the year.
The fight began pretty much the same as the first one. The “Notorious” Conor McGregor was beating Diaz early in the first rounds and Diaz answering hard, but this time Conor survived the final minutes of the second round and a third round. It became a back and forth fight. In the end, McGregor avenged his loss to Nate Diaz by scoring a narrow majority decision, 48-47, 47-47 and 48-47 scores.
UFC is now in an unusual position, where they can build pretty attractive events. On one hand, an inevitable third fight to close the trilogy between Diaz and McGregor. On the other, a rematch 145-pound title fight against Jose Aldo, who got knocked out by McGregor in only 13 seconds of round one. A third scenario could be for Conor to move to 155 and face current lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez.
Diaz and McGregor’s bloody bout set the road to one of the greatest trilogies and rivalry in UFC. Both fighters and of course, the fans want it to happen. Nonetheless, UFC boss Dana White said that McGregor has to either defend his belt or give it up. Conor McGregor hadn’t fought in 145 since December when he became the Champ.
Probably McGregor is going to think it over. However, it seems that regardless of his decision, the third fight will happen anytime. Maybe not so soon, but now that they are even, a final chapter is crucial. In fact, some books are already setting the odds for the third fight and once again McGregor is favorite, opening at -170. Diaz is +145. In their first fight, McGregor opened as a -300 favorite and at UFC 202 he opened as a -125 favorite.