Who did you score the fight for?!
The bitter rivals embraced following the back and forth contest that saw Diaz hit the canvas three times before the fight hit the third round. However, Diaz rallied in the final rounds and put the Irishman in considerable danger, particularly in the third round when he battered him against the fence before the bell sounded.
By the time the fight ended, it was anyone’s guess who had taken the fight. The judges’ scorecards underlined the closeness of the affair as two scored it 48-47 for McGregor, and the other deemed it a draw.
‘Surprise, surprise, motherfuckers,’ said McGregor in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. ‘The king is back.’
‘I proved the class difference. It was a hell of a fight, he is a hell of a competitor. I dropped him in the third round but then he started loading up.
‘It’s 1-1, let’s do it again. If you want this trilogy it’s on my terms. Come down to 155 and we’ll do it.’
After the fight, Nate Diaz insisted that he would not fight again until he meets McGregor for the third time. He also underlined his belief that he won the contest.
‘I thought I won that fight,’ he said. ‘They can’t have a mother f**ker like me win, I’m too real for this.
‘I want number three. I gave him number two. Let’s go again. Good job today Conor but we going for three, for real. Until then I ain’t coming back.’