Conor McGregor vowed to get revenge on Nate Diaz.
Saturday night in Las Vegas, he made good on that promise.
McGregor defeated Diaz by a majority decision at UFC 202 in a dramatic welterweight fight, five months after losing to him in UFC 196.
The judges scored the five-round fight 48-47, 48-47, 47-47 in favor of McGregor.
Diaz stunned the MMA world back in March, forcing McGregor to submit in the second round in a 170-pound match, which was a weight up from the Irishman’s normal Featherweight class.
Their fight in UFC 202 was also in the welterweight class, but for this bout the fighters had 5 months to prepare.
McGregor (20-3) got off to a fast start, knocking down Diaz (19-11) three times in the the first two rounds at T-Mobile Arena. But the tables turned in Round 3 as Diaz took control and put McGregor in what appeared to be serious trouble.
But McGregor came out inspired in the fourth round, going on the offensive early. And by now, Diaz’s face was covered in blood. Both fighters were visibly exhausted, but McGregor continued to land punches and elbows to take the round.
The final round got off to a slow start as McGregor backed away from Diaz, prompting boos from the crowd. The two traded punches and takedowns before the final bell ended the fight.
Social media blew up during and after the epic brawl. Check out some of the Twitter reactions below:
Keep reading to see all the results from UFC 202:
Main Card Results
— Anthony Johnson defeats Glover Teixeira by TKO in the 1st Round
— Donald Cerrone defeats Rick Story by TKO in the 2nd Round
— Mike Perry defeats Hyun Gyu Lim by TKO in the 1st Round
— Tim Means defeats Sabah Homasi by TKO in 2nd Round
FS1 Prelims Results
— Cody Garbrandt defeats Takeya Mizugaki by TKO in the 1st Round
— Raquel Pennington defeats Elizabeth Phillips by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
— Artem Lobov defeats Chris Avila by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
— Cortney Casey defeats Randa Markos by an armbar submission in the 1st Round
Early Prelims Results
— Lorenz Larkin defeats Neil Magny by TKO in the 1st Round
— Colby Covington defeats Max Griffin by TKO in the 3rd Round
— Marvin Vettori defeats Alberto Uda by a head and arm choke submission in the 1st Round
McGregor-Diaz UFC 202 Fight Preview
It’s the rematch everyone has been waiting for.
And now the wait is over.
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz lock up once again Saturday night in the UFC 202 main event from Las Vegas, Nevada.
McGregor, the circuit’s Featherweight champion, will face Diaz (19-10-0) in a Welterweight fight five months after their first showdown.
The two met in UFC 196 in March and Diaz dropped jaws throughout the MMA world by pulling off the shocking upset as a major underdog, locking McGregor into a rear naked choke in the second round. The Irishman added weight for the first bout and it showed as he struggled to adjust. In that fight “The Notorious One” came in as a heavy favorite.
McGregor (19-3-0) is favored once again this time around. And once again, the fight will take place at 170 pounds. The Featherweight champ, though, isn’t as highly favored for Saturday night. He comes in at a -125 betting favorite (bet $125 to win $100) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Neither Diaz nor McGregor have fought since their last battle. But judging by yesterday’s weigh-in, both fighters seem ready to go — at one point they had to be separated by UFC President Dana White. Check it out below via @UFC on Twitter:
The UFC 202 Main Card gets started at 10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. There are four other fights before McGregor-Diaz 2. They are: Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi; Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry; Rick Story vs. Donald Cerrone; and Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira.