Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor was doing pretty well for himself in the first round of his Nate Diaz main event, which took place at the UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) last March in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Then it all came crashing down in the second stanza.
According to "Notorious," he was "inefficient with his energy" and unprepared to deal with an opponent like Diaz, who could absorb his best shots and come out for round two still fresh as a daisy. That, and the fact that he went into "panic mode" when the tide started to turn.
Mistakes he may not make in their inevitable rematch, according to boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.:
"It's a great rematch and I can't wait to see it. You can't move up in weight and underestimate this guy and think it's easy. If it was easy, everybody would do it. Going up in weight because you think you're better than him doesn't mean that you are. Sometimes you go up in weight and find out, 'Whoa ... no wonder this guy's different!' So now that he's been in there he understands a little bit more about what he's up against, so his chances are much better in phase two than they were in phase one. Be smart, find a good guy in his boxing coach, teach you how to deal with a boxer."
I'd say this former world champ qualifies as a "good" guy.
While McGregor was already slotted to face Diaz for a second time at UFC 200 in July, the status of a potential second go-round is unknown at this time. "Notorious" withdrew from the July 9 PPV after a falling out with the UFC brass, then started flirting with a Floyd Mayweather showdown in the "sweet science."
That said, McGregor's UFC career appears to be back on track (his words) and an announcement is expected in the coming days.