It appears the historic UFC 200 event has landed its featured attraction, and it’s a fight fans saw just 13 days ago.
According to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, a non-title welterweight rematch between UFC golden boy Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is in the works for the July 9 extravaganza.
McGregor initially claimed he was going to move back down to featherweight to defend his title against either Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 after losing to Diaz, but it appears he would prefer a do-over with Diaz.
McGregor was scheduled to challenge UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 in hopes of becoming the UFC’s first two-way champ, but dos Anjos broke his foot and was forced to pull out of the shootout at the 11th hour. Diaz, who was partying in Cabo when he received the offer to fight McGregor on just 11 days’ notice, agreed to serve as substitute.
Despite his weight disadvantage, McGregor entered the bout as a significant 5.5-1 odds-on favorite to beat the out-of-shape Diaz. McGregor got the best of Diaz in the opening round, but McGregor quickly found out in the second round that his trademark left hand that had put down many featherweights didn’t pack the same power against a bigger opponent.
Diaz continued to eat his punches and charged back. Diaz wound up submitting the UFC’s cash cow in the second round via rear-naked choke.
Speaking of cash cow, it has been reported UFC 196 garnered a whopping 1.5 million pay-per-view buys courtesy of McGregor. So, from a financial perspective, it makes since why the UFC wouldn’t mind arranging an immediate sequel.
UFC 196 goes down inside the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the show’s rumored lineup thus far:
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor