The epic rematch between UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz was as close as they come, ending in a majority decision victory for McGregor. The result will probably be disputed forever, with Diaz saying he felt he won in a trademark profanity-laced postfight interview. The Internet reacted accordingly and there seems to be no true consensus over who won the insane, bloody war.
In the end, the scorecards favored Conor, with him winning on two judges cards 48-47 with a third judge declaring the fight a 47-47 draw. That score accounted for an odd quirk, a 10-8 round for Diaz in the third. He probably deserved it, as he turned the tide of the fight in that round when McGregor noticeably tired, at times turning and running away from Diaz to get some space to rest.
The fourth round ended up being the decisive round on all three cards however, as Conor won on each card in a huge comeback round for him after he was battered in round three. He said after the fight he got a second wind, and that was clear, as he picked his spots and continuously beat Diaz to the punch in the fourth stanza. Diaz had his moments as well though, including some big punches to end the round and the fourth will probably be the biggest point of contention as time goes on.
Many, including both fighters, are now pining for a rubber match to finish off the trilogy. That probably won’t be happening for a while though because it appears McGregor may have broken his foot in the fight and that would keep him out for the rest of 2016.