McGregor caught Diaz with several hard shots early in the fight, and by the end of round one, Diaz was all bloodied up. But in round two, the latter kept returning fire, and rocked McGregor with a left of his own. Not long after, McGregor shot in, and yadda, yadda, yadda, Diaz won via rear-naked-choke.
After the bout, McGregor acknowledged that his punches weren’t having the same effect on Diaz, as they have on smaller opponents. He also credited Diaz for being more efficient with his energy.
Well, recently McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, appeared on “The MMA Hour”. While reflecting on his fighter’s defeat, he relayed the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If there was something to critique or take away from that fight, I think Conor almost immediately said it much better than I’m able to say, is that he was inefficient with his job and Nate was efficient. And that’s what I was trying to get across, and that’s what we saw happening. He kind of blew himself a little bit trying to take his head off with every single left hand rather than just landing it. Maybe I could have stole his own phrase and told him to keep it flowing.”
Kavanagh also made an interesting point about how Diaz effectively used a shoulder roll to diminish the power of McGregor’s big left. He was able to do so since both men are southpaws.
This aside, it’s going to be interesting to see how McGregor comes out in his next fight. If the bout is at 145, will he load up less on his punches? Or will he keep bombing away? Since he’ll be facing a smaller opponent like Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar? Hopefully we find out what’s next for the featherweight champ soon.