UFC 200: Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor Meet Again
The UFC has decided that the Diaz-McGregor rematch is a super-fight because those two men will headline UFC 200. Diaz stunned McGregor in the main event of UFC 196 in early March, winning by submission with a rear-naked choke in the second round at 170 pounds.
Almost immediately afterwards, rumors started circulating that a rematch was in the works. Now, McGregor will attempt to avenge his previous loss to Diaz when they meet at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for a Diaz-McGregor rematch.
The original bout came under unique circumstances. McGregor was originally scheduled to challenge 155-pound lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but that fight was scratched 11 days before when dos Anjos withdrew with a broken foot. Diaz agreed to fill in on short notice, and the bout was made at 170 pounds. Nate Diaz wasn’t surprised that he pulled off the second-round submission victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 196.
Even though it should be a star-studded card once finalized, McGregor’s effort to level the score with Diaz will undoubtedly be one of the top storylines. The Diaz-McGregor rematch will be intriguing to see whether the increased preparation time—the first battle was confirmed less than two weeks beforehand—makes a difference.
McGregor (19-3) remains the UFC’s official 145-pound featherweight champion. He won that title by defeating Jose Aldo in a 13-second knockout in December. With McGregor accepting his second consecutive fight outside the weight class, the UFC has booked an interim title fight between Aldo (25-2) and Frankie Edgar (20-4-1), which also will take place at UFC 200. Win, lose or draw, McGregor will fight the winner of the Aldo vs Edgar fight next.
Diaz-McGregor Rematch Makes Way For Interim Welterweight Title Bout
Most fight fans wanted to see McGregor defend his Featherweight title, which he won in Dec. 2015 with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo. Since Conor is a cash cow, UFC decided the McGregor-Diaz rematch must happen first. In the meantime, the UFC decided to have an interim Welterweight Title fight at UFC 200. Frankie Edgar will fight Jose Aldo for that title.
Edgar, who is widely considered the top-ranked contender in the division, will face former champion Jose Aldo with the winner walking away as the new interim king at 145 pounds. Edgar actually fell to Aldo in a close decision in his first fight at featherweight back in 2013. Since then, Edgar has won his last five fights and has climbed the division charts. This will be Aldo’s first fight since he was knocked out by McGregor at UFC 194.