Even Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa were left slow clapping after Conor McGregor defeated Nate Diaz in a brutally epic 5 round instant-classic at UFC 202 Saturday night.
Through the first two rounds, the brash McGregor dominated Diaz, smashing his face into a tenderized side of beef with his superior technical skill. Diaz, the tough as nails street fighter, summoned superhuman inner strength, while essentially knocked out on his feet, to dominate the third round and almost pull out a victory through a fog of blood, sweat and open head wounds.
In an age where boxing mega fights like Mayweather/Pacquio leave viewers feeling like they were pick pocketed for their pay per view money, McGregor/Diaz would have been a bargain at twice the price – don’t get any ideas Dana White.
Today in The Herd, Colin said the McGregor/Diaz rematch was so good, it may have killed the sport of boxing as an unintended consequence.
“I know some of you think UFC is too raw, but there are four or five things in my life, big businesses that have died. DVD’s newspapers, landline phones. And Saturday night, by 9:30 Pacific, boxing died. That was the final nail in the coffin. Boxing’s dead.”
McGregor/Diaz proved that an Ali/Frazier level fight is still possible today, it just takes place in an octagon instead of a boxing ring.
“I saw something Saturday night, in a sport which many of you will never embrace, but to me it is the new standard for ritual drama. McGregor Diaz. It is our Ali/Frazier. Where during the fight, and immediately afterwards, peers, other sports stars were in awe, like Ali/Frazier, like Luther Vandross, like Sinatra, were in awe of their ability. Best fight I’ve seen in maybe 20 years.”
Boxing is a horse and UFC is the car. You can deny it’s a superior product, but it’s here and there’s no going back.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 23, 2016