McGregor was seemingly in control of the first round and a half, yet Diaz managed to stun him with an electric series of punches that led to a defeating rear-naked choke – and nobody could believe it.
And fans hadn’t forgotten about McGregor’s pay check – the 27-year-old set a new UFC record with his $1 million disclosed purse for the fight, which he left with his tail between his legs after comparing his opponent to a gazelle about to be eaten by a lion.
And here is McGregor’s reaction immediately after the fight. Humble in victory or defeat, indeed.
— UFC (@ufc) March 6, 2016
Diaz wasn’t the only underdog to emerge victorious from the explosive Las Vegas night. Earlier, Miesha Tate managed to lock Holly Holms into a choke, rendering the champ seemingly unconscious with 90 seconds left in the fifth round.
Holms, who knocked Ronda Rousey out with a head kick in November, picked Tate apart for the first three rounds yet faltered after Tate’s desperate takedown, which saw Tate take home the women’s bantamweight title.