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When UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos made a last-minute withdrawal from his scheduled title defense against featherweight king Conor McGregor, UFC 196 looked like it could be doomed. The card had lost its history-making main event less than two weeks out from fight night, and it was difficult to say whether the UFC would be able to find a suitable replacement on such short notice. Thankfully, the organization came through by bringing in Stockton’s Nate Diaz for a last-minute showdown with McGregor—at welterweight.
This wild main event topped a card that featured action in six of the UFC’s most popular divisions, including a women’s bantamweight title fight between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate in the co-main event. And though the UFC 196 we ended up with was far from the UFC 196 we initially expected, the card’s many wild stoppages, back-and-forth battles, and surprise shakeups rendered it an unforgettable night of fighting all the same.
Here’s a recap of the action for those who missed it!
The Main Card:
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Diaz Chokes McGregor in Game-Changing Shakeup
Though an injury to Rafael Dos Anjos meant that featherweight king Conor McGregor would not be contending for the lightweight crown at UFC 196, he would ultimately find himself in the cage with Nate Diaz in an unexpected welterweight bout that, in many ways, was more intriguing than the main event we originally expected. McGregor entered the bout having swiped the featherweight title from Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds in December, with the goal of working his way to the title in a second division. Diaz, meanwhile, walked onto the canvas having blown through Michael Johnson in December, on the hunt for the biggest win of his career.
Against all odds, the Stockton hero got that win.
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