Conor McGregor’s move up in the UFC weights didn’t work out too well, as his first foray in the welterweight division ended with a surprising second-round defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196.
Tapping out in submission, the Irishman suffered just the third loss of career and sent Twitter ablaze with the result. It was a night full of surprises, as women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm, who shocked Ronda Rousey to win the title, also lost.
Here’s the best of Twitter’s reaction to the night of upsets.
One of the first to respond was the man McGregor was originally supposed to fight
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) March 6, 2016
Dos Anjos wasn’t the only fighter to take aim at the Irishman though and Jose Aldo, knocked out in the first round last time, was quick to demand a rematch with McGregor
— Jose Aldo Junior (@josealdojunior) March 6, 2016
The name of the nightclub hosting McGregor’s afterparty was ironic
Conor McGregor’s after party is scheduled for a nightclub aptly named Surrender pic.twitter.com/FseFKUpair
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 6, 2016
Although McGregor took the limelight even in defeat, many praised Diaz
McGregor largely owned the first seven minutes. Diaz rallied w/ all this tools. He’s nearly impossible to put away, proved as much. WOW.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) March 6, 2016
As an odds-on favourite to prevail, McGregor’s loss likely left a lot of punters short
If you wagered on McGregor tonight, I guess you’re not… Dublin your money. #UFC196
— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) March 6, 2016
Here’s the moment Diaz sealed victory
— #UFC196 (@btsportufc) March 6, 2016
And McGregor’s humble reaction to the loss
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) March 6, 2016
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.