The fight community reacts to Conor McGregor's bloody battle of attrition with Nate Diaz
An instant classic.
We were treated to an absolute barn-burner of a main event at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night as Conor McGregor gave every ounce of energy in his body to claim a majority decision over arch-rival Nate Diaz.
Five months since tapping out to a rear naked choke, McGregor's will would not be broken as he came back from the brink to paint his second wind all over Diaz's face in their welterweight bout.
The Notorious invested in leg kicks earlier and they returned profitably in the later rounds as Diaz lost the pop on his striking as McGregor did enough in two judges' estimations to be considered a victor, while the third marked it down as a draw.
Some of their fellow colleagues actually scored the bout for the Stockton fighter.
What a fight I had Diaz though #UFC202
— Dom Shonuff Waters (@Shonuff89) August 21, 2016
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) August 21, 2016
— Tarec Saffiedine (@tarecfighter) August 21, 2016
— Jessica Penne (@JessicaPenne) August 21, 2016
Fuck that!!!! #diaz won that shit!
— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) August 21, 2016
Others echoed the beliefs of the judges in charge of the bout.
Heart wins fights well done @TheNotoriousMMA
— Neil 2 Tap Seery (@NeilSeeryMMA) August 21, 2016
Well I was wrong, McGregor dug deep and found some more heart.
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 21, 2016
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) August 21, 2016
McGregor won 3 rds to 2 clearly
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) August 21, 2016
While most were just happy to see a classic and look forward to the realisation of the most sacred of all MMA grudge matches... the trilogy.
Diaz vs MC 3 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼
— Antonio Pezao Silva (@BigfootSilva) August 21, 2016
— Brandon Thatch (@RUKUSMMA303) August 21, 2016
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) August 21, 2016
— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) August 21, 2016
Holy shit. That might be the best fight I've ever seen. #UFC202
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) August 21, 2016
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) August 21, 2016
If you don't wanna see a trilogy fight between Conor & Nate then like, what are you doing? One of the best fights I've seen! #UFC202
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 21, 2016
We're not even a day removed from the second round and people are already asking for a third. At this stage, it almost feels inevitable.
You can't just end things at a tie, right?