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In 1993, the Gracie family brought in fighters of various fighting disciplines from all around the world — kickboxers, wrestlers, street brawlers, and even a sumo for good measure — with the goal of proving that Jiu Jitsu was the one style that could conquer them all. Twenty three years later, it appears that their theory still holds water.
In a night of absolutely thrilling fights, the aura of invincibility surrounding Conor McGregor — and to a lesser degree, Holly Holm — was shattered by the grappling attack of Nate Diaz and Miesha Tate, respectively. While there are many lessons to take away from the shocking events that unfolded at UFC 196 (and we’ll get into a few below), it is the one that we’ve been hearing for the past two decades that was perhaps the most resounding.
Jiu Jitsu conquers all.
Head after the jump for the full results & highlights from UFC 196.
If we’ve learned one other thing about MMA in these 23 years, it’s that no one is unbeatable. Heading into yet another last-minute replacement bout with Nate Diaz, it seemed as if Conor McGregor might just be reaching beyond his grasp by attempting to jump up *two* weight classes to take on Diaz. McGregor’s prediction of an early KO seemed well-founded when looking over his record (and completely ignoring Diaz’s), but when Diaz ate his shots and kept pressing forward — like the Diaz brothers have done time and time again — the Irishman eventually crumbled.
Things started off well for McGregor, though, with the Notorious one tagging Diaz early and often with ….View full article