Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor went toe-to-toe for the better part of their nine minutes in the Octagon together, a scenario that paid off handsomely for the Stockton, Calif., native.
While the final outcome wasn’t what many expected, their entertaining welterweight scrap in the UFC 196 headliner earned both men $50,000 apiece for “Fight of the Night.” In the end, it was Diaz who had the last laugh, wobbling McGregor in multiple exchanges before submitting his dazed foe with a rear-naked choke at the 4:12 mark of round two.
That victory, which was Diaz’s 11th finish overall and ninth submission in UFC competition, also earned him a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award. The Stockton, Calif., native has now won three of his last four Octagon appearances.
Meanwhile, Miesha Tate’s come-from-behind submission of Holly Holm gained Tate both the bantamweight belt and a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check. While Holm racked up points at range and survived a dire situation in round two, she wasn’t able to tempt fate twice, as Tate tapped her with a second rear-naked choke attempt 3:10 into round five.