This is the UFC 202 live blog for Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2, a welterweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Diaz, who has won three of his past five fights, will face McGregor, who has won four of his past five fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 202 live blog below.
Round 1: John McCarthy will ref the big rematch. A phalanx of security stood between Diaz and McGregor during the intros. No touch of gloves. Leg kick from McGregor, and another. Head kick from Diaz misses. A little feel out here. Another leg kick from Conor. And a nice little combo up top from Diaz, who is right now trying to get his rhythm. Clear that McGregor's going to attack that lead leg , though that time it was checked. Inside leg kick from Nate. Nice uppercut and left follow-up from McGregor. A straight left and Diaz his the canvas! He gets back up after getting rocked. Jab lands from Diaz. Uppercut again from McGregor, and Diaz counters with a slashing right hand up top. Inside leg kick from Diaz. Nice combo again from McGregor, and then a huge leg kick. Noticeable welt not. Diaz covers up and McGregor comes in. Very measured stuff from the Irishman. Diaz takes another leg kick, and those are starting to take a major toll. Left counter lands flush from McGregor. He's been far superior in the rematch so far. Diaz isn't circled out. McGregor with yet another leg kick. Some blood on Diaz's eye, too. A slow spinning kick from Diaz, nothing on it. McGregor clips him with a right, and a big shot at the end. All McGregor that round. MMA Fighting scores R1 for McGregor, 10-9.
Round 2: Diaz nicked up heading into this round. See if he can get rolling. Leg kick from McGregor, as has been the thing. Right hand drops Diaz on the fence, and McGregor lets him back up. Wow! McGregor is just picking Diaz apart. McGregor drops him again, a straight right I think. Diaz upkicks, but McGregor lets him back up again. Leg kick from McGregor, and Diaz — nose oozing blood — just can't get rolling. He's trying to hit the jab, but McGregor avoiding it. Nice right counter from McGregor. McGregor still fresh as a daisy. He's starting to talk, too. Both are. Diaz trying to get some volume, but McGregor is just quicker with the combos, and varying up things after annihilating the lead leg. Diaz coming on, and he's taunting. He's landing now. Diaz with a combo, and just blasts McGregor on the fence. Wow! Volume now. Diaz is just wailing away on McGregor, and the tables are a turning. Close round, but still might be McGregor's. MMA Fighting scores R2 for McGregor, 10-9 (20-18)
Round 3: Leg kick from McGregor, but he's breathing hard. Diaz pouring it on. Diaz is pressuring, and he's landing again. Now on the fence, in the clinch, and this is Diaz's realm. Grueling stuff here. McGregor already faded, this won't help. "Diaz" chant kicks up in Vegas. Diaz takes a short elbow on the break. McGregor with a nice counter that takes some stream out of Diaz. A shot lands and Diaz laughs, throws his hands up, and then grabs a leg and drives McGregor into the fence. Diaz going for the double leg, and McGregor lands an elbow. Now McGregor turns Diaz to the links and they toil there. Diaz with a combo on the break to the body. McGregor runs to the other side. And Diaz is punishing him at every turn. Daiz has that swagger now. Each time he takes a shot he shakes his head no. Counter from McGregor, and Diaz presses on. Huge combination from Diaz on fence, and a series of a dozen shots land. McCarthy looks in. Body shots now. McGregor is getting decimated. Diaz just making it his fight. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Diaz, 10-9 (29-28 for McGregor)
Round 4: McGregor gets back to the leg kicks. Diaz bleeding on his cheek. Still a mess, but man. Diaz boxing up McGregor in close. Body kick from McGregor, and the blood keeps flowing around Diaz's eyes. Fight has slowed a big, and a leg kick from McGregor wobbles Diaz. McGregor getting the better of the early exchanges, and Diaz drops down for a double — it's thwarted. They are on fence, and They are clinching. Big shot from McGregor with the elbow in close. Wrist control from Nate, who lands a knee to the body. An nice combo from McGregor, followed up by a nice sequence from McGregor. This is such a damn crazy fight, just straight attrition. Neither man wants to give in; neither will. Great combo from McGregor, with a hard left at the end. He's lighting Diaz up a bit in this round, surprisingly, given the way the third round played out. A slip by Diaz at the end of the round, and McGregor tries to kick his face. That would have been a foul. MMA Fighting scores R4 for McGregor, 10-9 (39-37 for him overall)
Round 5:Diaz stalking forward, and a flying knee attempt from McGregor. Now they clinch on the fence, and Diaz — blood smeared — nudges into him. They exchange. Such a great fight. Now Diaz comes forward and drops for double, can't get it. McGregor doing well to keep this thing standing. Now Diaz flips off McGregor who is rolling away from him. A series of uppercuts from Diaz, and they go to the fence again. He's boxing him up on fence, now a big elbow. McGregor looks at the clock. He is tired. Knee to the body from Diaz, and he drops down for a takedown. They stay on fence, and McGregor just taking a beating there. But he turns Diaz around, and now he goes to work. Diaz now leans into McGregor, clinches, and lands a couple of shots in close. Clock winding down. Takedown from Diaz at the end of the fight! That will get him the round. This is going to be interesting. Was the third a 10-8 for Nate? Diaz helps McGregor up. Wow. Sportsmanship in the end. MMA Fighting scores R5 for Diaz, 10-9 (48-47 overall for McGregor).
UFC 202 official results: Conor McGregor def. Nate Diaz via majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47)