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UFC 196 Las Vegas live results: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a much anticipated event headlined by UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor taking on Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout after Diaz replaced the injured Rafael Dos Anjos, who was scheduled to defend the UFC Lightweight Championship against McGregor on this card. In the co-main event, it will be UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm making her first title defense since defeating Ronda Rousey as she defends against Rousey's long-time rival, top contender Miesha Tate. Also on the card is our very own "Filthy" Tom Lawlor as he takes on Corey Anderson. Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 PM eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.

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PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT)

FEATHERWEIGHTS- JULIAN EROSA (15-2, 1-0 UFC) VS. TERUTO ISHIHARA (7-2-2, 0-0-1 UFC)

First round:  Trading body kicks.  Erosa front kick knocked Ishihara down.  Nice high kick by Ishihara.  Punch and knee by Ishihara  and Erosa was down but quickly up.  Low kick by Ishihara.  Front kick by Erosa  put Ishhara down.  Now they are in a clinch against the fence.   They were quickly separated.  Left high kick and big punches by Ishiara.  Ishihara hurt him with a left.  Erosa took him down.  Erosa’s left leg looks horrible.  Close round.  10-9 Ishihara

Second round:  Ishihara knocked him down and finished him with punches from the top right away.  It was a left counter behind the ear that put Erosa down and good punches on the ground that finished him.

LIGHTWEIGHTS- JASON SAGGO (10-2, 1-1 UFC) VS. JUSTIN SALAS (12-6, 3-3 UFC)

First round:  Salas took him down off a kick.  Saggo reversed to the top.  Salas has a cheering section.  Saggo working for an armbar.  Now he’s got Salas’ back.  Saggo is punching.  Saggo continued punching him from that position until it was stopped. 

LIGHTWEIGHTS- DIEGO SANCHEZ (25-8, 14-8 UFC) VS. JIM MILLER (25-7 1 NC, 14-6 1 NC UFC)

First round:  Sanchez ran across the ring in and grabbed Miller’s leg and threw him down.  Miller back up.  Mlller started  to land.  Miller with counter right.  He land some more.  Sanchez took him down.  Short slam by Sanchez while in guard.  Sanchez landing some punches from the top.  Sanchez landing some elbows.  10-9 Sanchez.

Second round:  Miller made him stumble with a low kick.  Miller continues to land low kicks.  Miller with a body punch.  Body kick by Miller but Sanchez took him down off it.  Miller back up.  Sanchez bleeding from the left ear from elbows by by Miller.  Head kick by Miller.  Nice left by Miller. Spin kick by Sanchez didn’t land solid.  Miller went for a takedown but Sanchez sprawled.  Sanches went for a takedown, Miller grabbed a guillotine and threw a  knees.  More knees by Miller.  Sanchez popped out.  Sanchez went for a takedown and Miller spun behind him.  Miller’s round so 19-19.

Third round:  Sanchez grabbed his leg for a takedown but Miller blocked.  Miller with a right.  Fans chanting for Sanchez.  Sanchez is more active.  Sanchez went for a takedown but it was blocked.  Miller went for a takedown but didn’t get it but land a body kick.  Left landed by Sanchez.  Sanchez got a quick takedown but Miller up  Body kick by Miller.  Both swinging wildly at the end.  Close fight but I’ve got Sanchez 29-28.

Scores:   All three had it 29-28 Sanchez

Sanchez cut a promo putting over Miller and Fight Pass, as well as Jesus Christ and Yoga.  

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX SPORTS 1- 7 PM ET/4 PM PT)

FEATHERWEIGHTS- (#11) DARREN ELKINS (19-5, 9-4 UFC) VS. CHAS SKELLY (15-1, 4-1 UFC)

First round:  Elkins on top punching and Skelly going for heel hooks.  Skelly continues going for a heel hook.  Elkins throwing knees.  Left by Elkins.  Elkins landing a lot of uppercuts.  Skelly with a right.  Elkins with knees.  Punches and knees by Elkins.  Both swinging.  Elkins 10-9.

Second round:   Elkins landed punches.  Elkins with a right and  slammed him down.  Elkins with knees to the body in the clinch on the fence.  Elkins tripped him down  and into side control.  Skelly regained guard.  Elkins landing punches from the top.  Elkins 20-18.

Third round:  Elkins took him down and got his back.  Skelly back up.  Takedown by Elkins.  Elkins is working for a choke.  Skelly out and back up.  Both landing.  Takedown by elkins and more punches on the ground  Elkins connected on some good shots.  Elkins 30-27.

Scores:  30-27, 29-27 and 30-26 for Elkins

MIDDLEWEIGHTS- VITOR MIRANDA (11-4, 2-1 UFC) VS. MARCELO GUIMARAES (9-1-1, 2-1 UFC)

First round:  Guimaraes has him against the cage.  They were separated.  Both landing punches.  Body kicks by Miranda.  Guimaraes in with punches and going for a takedown.  Los of elbows by Miranda as Guimaraes went for a takedown.  Guimaraes fighting hard for a takedown but not getting it.  The ref separated them again.  Miranda starting to land and Guimaraes is tired.  Guimaraes 10-9 but he’s the one tired at the end.’’

Second round:  Guimaraes going for a takedown.  Miranda landing a ton of elbows from that position and then separated, landed a head kick which stunned Guimaraes.  After three solid punches standing it was called off.  Good stoppage.

WELTERWEIGHTS- ERICK SILVA (18-6 1 NC, 6-5 UFC) VS. NORDINE TALEB (11-3, 3-1 UFC)

First round:  Spin kick to the body by Silva.  Silva with a low kick.  Spin kick to the body and low kick by Silva.  Silva missed a high kick.  Takedown by Taleb and  few punches.  Silva wanted to touch gloves and then threw a hard right.  He turned himself heel with that one.  Taleb landed some punches.  Low kick by  Silva.  Tale back with a calf kick.  Silva shot in but the round ended.  Close round 10-9 Silva.

Second round:  Body kick by Slva.  Taleb countered with a right that knocked Silva silly and it was immediately waved off.  The place went bananas.  That one should score 50G’s.  

WELTERWEIGHTS- BRANDON THATCH (11-3, 2-2 UFC) VS. SIYAR BAHADURZADA (21-6-1, 1-2 UFC)

First round:  Body kick by Thatch.  Body kick by Thatch.  Siyar moved in and landed punches.  Body kick by Siyar.  Siyar landing a lot of punches.  Pretty wild action.  Spinning elbow by Thatch and Siyar landing more punches.  Siyar wth punches.  Thatch with a knee and a takedown.  Thatch went for a guillotine as Siyar reversed to the top.  Thatch is working for a triangle but  Siyar cleared it.  Siyar landing punches on the ground.   Good round 10-9 Siyar.

Second round:  Thatch with a front kick and head kick.   Siyar then took him down.   Siyar landing punches.  John McCarthy ordered a standup.  Thatch landed punches.  Siyar with knees and a takedown.  Siyar landing punches.  Siyar 20-18.

Third round:  Siyar with punhes and took hij down again and hurtring him with punches on the ground.  Siyar with more punches.  McCarthy stood them up again.  Takedown by Siyar.  Siyar landing good punches on the ground.  Siyar moved to side position and used a head and arm choke to finish.

MAIN CARD (PPV- 10 PM ET/7 PM PT)

WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHTS- (#4) AMANDA NUNES (11-4, 4-1 UFC) VS. (#10) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO (12-1, 1-0 UFC)

First round:  Body kick by Nunes while Shevchenko threw a punch.  Nunes with a head kick.  Shevchenko with punches.  Body punch by Nunes.  Shevchenko with more punches.  Low kick by Nunes.  Body kick by Nunes.  Nunes with a takedown.  She’s throwing weak body punches.  Nunes 10-9.

Second round:  Body kick by Nunes and  Shevchenko went for a takedown and kick to the body but Nunes scrambled to the top.  Nunes landing punches  and elbows from the top.  More elbows by Nunes.  Nunes moved to side control.  Shevchenko is bleeding.   Nunes is working for a choke but doesn’t have it.  Nunes with a body triangle.  Shevchenko turned and got on top.  Crowd loved this.  Nunes 20-18.

Third round:   Shevchenko took her down into side control.  Shevchenko is working for a wristlock.  Nunes out and up.  Nunes is tired .  Chevchenko with two hard knees.  Left by Shevchenko.  Nunes ent for a takedown, Shevchenko blocked it and threw some punches.  Reality is Nunes could get a title shot but he way she fades in the third doesn’t bode well in a five round fight.  Nunes 29-28.

Scores:   29-28, 29-27 and 29-27 for Nunes

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS- (#12) COREY ANDERSON (7-1, 4-1 UFC) VS. TOM LAWLOR (10-5 1 NC, 6-4 UFC)

First round:   Low kick by Anderson.  Lawlor landed a lot of shots early.  Andeson back with punches.  Low kick by Anderson.  Lefts by Lawlor  Anderosn back with one.  Low kick by Anderson.  Anderson with another low kick.  Action slowed midway through the round. Anderson with  a right.  Both landing.  Right and left by Lawlow.  Anderson with aleft.  Both traded late.  Very close round.  10-9 Lawlor.

Second round:  Anderson slipped and went down but back up.  Nice left by Lawlor.  Both punched from close range.  Right by Lawlor.  Anderson back with a right.  Low kick by Anderson.  Anderson landing punches.  Right by Anderson.  Low kick by Anderson.  Andeson with a low kick.  Nice left by Lawlor.  Front kick by Lawlor.  Lawlor with a right.  Lawlor with a good flurry late.  Anderson tried a takedown and landed a knee late.  Lawlor 20-18 but these rounds are close. 

Third round:  Body kick by Anderson.  Right by Anderson.  Anderson takedown into side control.   Anderson landed  a punch from the top.  John McCarthy ordered a standup with 1:05 left.  Right by Anderson and a low kick.  Anderson’s round.   Crowd lightly booed.  29-28 Lawlor but this could easily go either way.

Scores:  30-27, 30-27 29-28 Anderson.  Fans booed the decision a lot and through his promo. 

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS- (#13) GIAN VILLANTE (14-6, 4-3 UFC) VS. ILIR LATIFI (11-4 1 NC, 4-2 UFC)

First round:  Villante out  with good body kicks.  Latifi exploded for a takedown attempt that he didn’t get.  Latifi  landed a  big left.  Latifi landing several punches.  Latifi on two had Villante hurt and then went for the takedown, which allowed Villante to recover.  Latifi 10-9.

Second round:   Villante landing kicks.  Latifi with a German suplex.  Left by Latifi.  Latifi trying for a takedown.  Villante was holding the fence bad and Yves Lavigne didn’t see it.  He actually did use his body to shield it but it was really blatant.  Crowd booing because they are just standing there.  Latiifi with a spin kick.  Left by Latifi.  Latifi again has him against the fence going for a takedown.  Latifi slammed him but Villante back up.  Latifi 20-18.

Third round:  Latifi with a body shot.  Latifi again going for the takedown. Tried a belly to belly but didn’t get it.  Big left by Latifi.  Another left by Latifi.  Side kick by Latifi.  Body kick by Villante.  Another slam by Latifi with 20 seconds left.  Latifi 30-27

Scores:  All three judges have it 30-27 Latifi.  Really he won all three rounds solidly.

They showed Jon Jones, Joanna, GSP, Diaz and Conor and GSP got by far the biggest reaction, even above Conor.

UFC WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP- (C) HOLLY HOLM (10-0, 3-0 UFC) VS. (#2) MIESHA TATE (17-5, 4-2 UFC)

First round:  Holm got a really big reaction.  Tate was cheered a ton but not at the level of Holm.  This has a very intense feel about it, very much like a world title fight.  Crowd really psyched.  Miesha chant.  Left and a kick by Holm.  Tate tried a takedown and didn’t get it.  Holly chant.  Much louder than Miesha chants.  Now loud Miesha chants unti Holm shoved her backwards.  Left by Holm.  Very little happening and crowd is still into it.  Holm forward with punches.  Holm with a flurry ending with a side kick.  Tate landed some punches.  Head kick by Holm.  Tate missed on a big kick.  Side kick by Holm.  Holm 10-9.

Second round:  Tate took her down.  She’s in side controil.  Place popped huge for that.  Holm got guard.  Tate with a punch.  Miesha chants super loud.  Elbows to the body by Tate.  Hard elbows by Tate.  Another good elbow by Tate.  Tate has her back  She’s working for a choke.  She gave it up.  Tate working for it agan.  Crowd going nuts.  Holm survived the round.  10-8 round for Tate so 19-18 Tate.  This crowd is going nuts like few fights I’ve seen.

Third round:   Head kick by Holm.  Big shots by Holm.  Tate tried a takedown but didn’t get it.  Side kick by Holm.  Body kick by  Holm.  Kick and punch by Holm.  Left by Holm.  Right by Holm.  Tate landed some punches and Holm with a body kick.  Tate tried a takedown but couldn’t get it.  Holm tried a head kick but it was blocked.  Holm’s round so 28-28 after three.

Fourth round:  Tate with a left.  Holm with a combo.  Tate again tried a takedown but couldn’t get it.  Holm threw her off.  Tate shot in but Holm blocked her.  Holm with punches and threw an elbow when she let her up.  A series of punches by Holm.  Front kick by Holm and more punches.  Holm 38-37 going into the final round.

Fifth round:  Left by Holm.  Holm with two side kicks.  Holm with a left.  Tate pushed her against the fence.  Holm turned her.  Holm threw an elbow to break the clinch.  Holm with punches and a high kick.  Tate is too slow to grab the leg when Holm is throwing her side kicks.  Tate got her down and got her back again.  Tate is working for a choke.  Holm flipped her over but Tate held on and got the choke tighter.  Holm went out without tapping.  Unreal.  This is one of the best finishes you’ll ever see.  This match was so intense live.  3:30

WELTERWEIGHTS- (FTW C) CONOR MCGREGOR (19-2, 7-0 UFC) VS. (#5 LW) NATE DIAZ (18-10, 13-8 UFC)

First round:  The place is still electric.   Not nearly the Irish contingent as in the past but McGregor is still the big crowd favorite.  Big left by McGregor.  Diaz has him against the fence.  McGregor out and landed a left and a right.  McGregor landing punches.  Good body punch by Diaz.  Diaz starting to land.  Spin kick missed by McGregor.  Diaz is starting to land.  Both are landing good shots.  Diaz with a body kick.  Diaz bleeding from the right eye.  McGregor is targeting the eye.  Diaz took him down but McGregor is on top.  McGregor landing punches from the top.  McGregor 10-9.

Second round:  Spin kick by McGregor.  Spin kick landed by McGregor.  McGregor landing to the body.  Left by McGregor.  McGregor with a spin kick.  Big fight by McGregor.  Diaz is bleeding badly now.  Big right by McGregor.  Diaz tied him up against the fence.  McGregor is really going to work on him now.  Diaz’s face is a mess.  Diaz slapped him in the face.  Right by  Diaz.  Knee by McGregor.  Uppercut by McGregor.  McGregor landing a lot of shots and Diaz back with punches.  Diaz actually missing most but now he’s landing.  Diaz is starting to take over.  Diaz has McGregor in trouble  Diaz landing a ton of punches.  Diaz with a ton of lefts.  McGregor now coming back with punches.  Diaz back with punches and has him hurt.  McGregor went for a takedown and is on top.  Diaz is punching the hell out of him  and he’s got the choke and McGregor is not getting out of this.  4:20