Watch the original encounter between then UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, as they squared off in the main event of UFC 196.
After becoming UFC featherweight champion to top off an amazing 2015 for him, Conor McGregor wanted to make history and become the first champ-champ in UFC history. Instead, the start of 2016 gave him a detour and one of his biggest Octagon foes: Nate Diaz.
Now, courtesy of the UFC, fight fans can enjoy the full bout of their first meeting from UFC 196 in March 2016.
McGregor won the UFC’s 145-pound title by knocking off Jose Aldo in mere seconds in shocking fashion, but there was no rest for the weary. The Irish superstar campaigned to become the first UFC fighter in history to hold two weight divisions’ titles simultaneously, and it appeared he might get his wish when he was booked to face then-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at what was originally called UFC 197 (later becoming UFC 196 due to several fall-throughs).
However, a little less than two weeks before the event, dos Anjos was forced out of the bout with an injury. Replacing him would be Diaz, who had called out McGregor in a widely-publicized, profanity-laced rant immediately after his win over Michael Johnson a couple of months earlier. The bout was changed to a welterweight contest, McGregor’s first 170-pound UFC bout.
As just about everyone knows, Diaz pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history on this night and handed McGregor his first UFC loss by submitting him in the second round.
McGregor, however, did get his revenge later that year at UFC 202, scoring a majority decision win in the rematch.
McGregor went on to fulfill his two-title quest at UFC 205 and had a high-profile boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather in 2017. He, however, would be stripped of both his UFC titles due to inactivity and was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. McGregor returned to the Octagon at UFC 246 in January, finishing Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.
Diaz’s two 2016 bouts with McGregor were his last in the Octagon for three years. He returned to action with a win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 before being stopped by Jorge Masvidal in the BMF title fight at UFC 244 in November.