UFC 196: Fallout

A fight card where the champs were heavily favored turned out two massive upsets, both via rear naked chokes.

Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm tapped out to Miesha Tate at the end of a 5 round dog fight. With two women staking claim’s to rematches in Holly and Ronda Rousey (Who won’t be back until later in the year) and the emergence of Amanda Nunes, the women’s bantamweight division is as stacked as it’s ever been. What comes next? Holm V Tate 2? Holm V Rousey 2? Tate V Rousey 3? Or do we see Nunes step up and throw down with Tate?

In the other main event, ‘Mystic-Mac’ – The Notorious Connor McGregor, the current Featherweight champion lost his catch-weight fight with Nate Diaz in the second round. A bloody affair, Connor just couldn’t overcome Nate’s height and reach advantage to unload his usually clean and deadly hands. Nate, now back in the picture for big time fights with this win could very well usurp McGregor for a spot at UFC 200 for a fight with Robbie Lawlor.

The first loss for McGregor in the UFC could spell a change of direction, at least in the near future. Having publicly stated he is not afraid of any opponent at any weight class, McGregor was set on the original fight with Rafael Dos Anjos for the Light-Weight title and then moving onto Robbie Lawlor from there. Now with a loss, it seems an almost certainty that he will return to the 145 division and face off against Jose Aldo in his rematch fight. The two, bitter rivals should put on another press-conference show, but the question would then be, can Jose last longer then 13 seconds?

This all makes for interesting following, and with UFC 200 approaching with the long awaited rematch between Bitter enemies in Light Heavy-Weight Champion Daniel Cormier and the returning, Pound for Pound #1 Jon ‘Bones’ Jones in a title fight – the next UFC PPV looks as if it will deliver as ‘196 did.

Check out the Post Fight Press Conference below –

— The Unsportsman

 

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