Depending on who you ask, this Saturday in UFC was either really great or really horrible. Needless to say, the co-main event definitely took a turn for the unexpected.
Miesha Tate shocked fans around the world by beating Holly Holm with a rear-naked choke in the fifth round. After being named the new bantamweight champion, it was almost immediately announced that Miesha Tate was to defend her title against Ronda Rousey.
UFC president, Dana White, joined SportsCenter on Saturday to make the announcement.
"I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title. That's what's going to happen," White said. "That's what I said before this fight even happened. Whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title."
This surely isn’t their first encounter. Rousey’s previous two matchesagainst Tate were won via armbar. Although this fight spoiled the hopes for a Holm/Rousey rematch, it will still be exciting to see Rousey take on a previous formidable opponent.
In this highly anticipated match, Ireland’s Conor McGregor suffered his first loss in the UFC and third ever in his career. McGregor was fighting two weight classes above his usual featherweight division at 170 lbs.
During a strong first round, McGregor used his trademark spinning kicks to make his attacks. Two minutes into the second round, Diaz landed a one-two combo that brought the fight to the mat. McGregor eventually submitted to Diaz who won in the second round with a rear naked choke.
McGregor took the loss like a champ and, in true spirit of his country, found cause for celebration. The 27-year-old Dubliner took to Instagram to voice his post-fight reflection:
I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed. I will never apologize for taking a shot. Shit happens. I'll take this loss like a man. I will not shy away from it. I will not change who I am. If another champion goes up 2 weights let me know. If your tired of me talking money, take a nap. I'll still be here when you wake up with the highest PPV and the gate. Still talking multi 7's. Thank you to the true support and fuck the hate that came out of the woodwork. I love it all. Its still steak for breakfast. I've been here many times in my life in some form or another. I'll eat it all and come back stronger. Aldo you are a pussy. Dos anjos you are a pussy. When the history books are written, I showed up. You showed up on Twitter. To the fans! Never ever shy away from challenges. Never run from adversity. Face yourself head on. Nate I will see you again.
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What’s next for McGregor? “The Notorious” plans to go back to the featherweight division to defend his title. His opponent is yet to be determined.