As the rumor mill had suggested, a rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will in fact headline UFC 200.
The announcement was made on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”
Just like in their initial encounter at UFC 196, the sequel will also take place at welterweight.
After Diaz served up an upset special over McGregor earlier this month, McGregor, the current UFC featherweight champion, initially said he planned on moving back down to defend his throne in his next outing. Apparently, McGregor can’t get the shocking submission loss to Diaz out of his mind and decided he wanted a do-over instead.
McGregor was originally 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 didn’t mind arranging an immediate rematch.
With McGregor staying at welterweight for his next fight, the UFC has arranged an interim title bout between former champ Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar as UFC 200’s co-featured attraction.
UFC 196 goes down July 9 inside the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar (For UFC interim featherweight title)
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor