"Surprise surprise, the m*****f****** King is back!"
That is what Conor McGregor had to say after his hand was raised by the referee following a truly incredible fight against Nate Diaz last night at UFC 202.
The Notorious One was handed a majority decision win by the judges over his American counterpart in an encounter that really could have gone either way.
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After months and months of buildup, the fight fully delivered, making sure that nobody who bought the pay-per-view the night feeling let down.
The judges scored the contest 48-47, 47-47, 48-47, making McGregor the winner after 25 incredible minutes of fighting.
McGregor had a very clear game plan, following in the steps of Rafael dos Anjos by opening up with a barrage of leg kicks early on to try and slow down Diaz. The Irishman tried to keep the space between the two and it worked well early on.
The Notorious knocked Diaz down once in round one and twice again in round two as he looked to exert some early dominance.
The two stars exchanged blows for pretty much the majority of the fight, with McGregor's takedown defense at the best level he has ever shown during his career. That was until the end of the final round, when Diaz managed to get Mac where he wanted him but it was too late, with the bell sounding before he could do any serious damage from the mount.
After the fight, with McGregor announced as a winner, both called for another fight so we can expect to go through this whole thing again in the not-too-distant future.
McGregor vs Diaz III is coming. Lucky us.