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Party's over! Nate Diaz sends Conor McGregor back to featherweight with his tail between his legs

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It's all fun and games until someone chokes your ass out.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor -- still the best 145-pound fighter in the world -- got a little too big for his britches in recent months, abandoning his weight class to try his luck in the lightweight division.

Before even making a single title defense.

When Rafael dos Anjos failed to answer the call (because of this), Nate Diaz stepped in -- as a welterweight -- and shocked the world in the UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which took place last Saturday night (March 5, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

But you already know that by now.

It's hard to punish McGregor for the loss, even in spite of all the trash he talked since taking over the featherweight division back in 2015. After all, he was winning all of his bouts in spectacular fashion, so he got the keys to the UFC Caddy and stepped on the gas.

Then took the wrong exit and wound up in Stockton.

That probably shouldn't come as much of a shock in hindsight. The Irishman was competing 25 pounds above his normal weight against a battle-tested veteran who is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. One he probably overlooked from the balcony of his MacMansion.

All glory is fleeting.

Following the fight, a dejected "Notorious" told Joe Rogan he was "inefficient" with his energy. Perhaps if he spent more time working his striking -- which not only won him the opening frame but also busted up his opponent in the process -- he could have sealed the deal before ever seeing the second stanza.

With that in mind, what Jon Jones said about Anderson Silva in the wake of UFC 162 may also ring true for McGregor:

"I think that he has an extraordinary gift. I think he's gotten to the point where he really believes in his gift and he's comfortable with his gift. He abused his gift, disrespected his gift, by disrespecting his opponent. Martial arts is a sport that is traditionally based around honor and integrity. You treat people with respect. He somehow lost sight of that and paid the ultimate price for it. He was fighting at a masterful level, he just got disrespectful and the War Gods made him pay for it."


Losing to Diaz by second-round submission (recap) is actually the best-case scenario, because it restores order at 145 pounds. McGregor can now return home and do what he should have done after throttling Jose Aldo at UFC 194, and that's fight Frankie Edgar.

UFC 200 sounds about right to me.

For much more on UFC 196, including results, play-by-play, videos, recaps, and more, head over to our "McGregor vs. Diaz" live story stream here.

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