A week after Conor McGregor avenged his first UFC loss at the hands of Nate Diaz, the dust has yet to settle and coach John Kavanagh is still incredulous that one judge scored round three as a 10-8 to Diaz.
Where McGregor emphatically dominated round one and much of round two, round three saw a tiring featherweight champion and a resurgent, if bloodied, Diaz.
While much of the round was controlled again by McGregor, the final minute saw the Irishman backed into the cage defending a barrage of Diaz slaps and strikes.
On the score card, judge Glenn Trowbridge awarded the round to the Stockton native with a 10-8, a score that would ultimately see him rule the contest to be a draw on his card.
Kavanagh, while writing for the42.ie, is clearly still smarting from the call and has strong words for the judge,
“There were very few decent connections, yet the first four minutes of the round were still forgotten.”
“One judge actually scored that round 10-8 to Diaz. That individual should be immediately removed from his role because he clearly hasn’t got the slightest idea of what’s going on in combat if he deems that to be worthy of a 10-8.”
Differing opinions and views on the fight continue to flow into the media as what was indeed a close fought contest gets analysed to death and picked clean.
However, at the end of the day, McGregor is back on his throne in the UFC and with the world at his feet, it’s a case of ‘normal service has resumed’ once more.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena