Conor McGregor (pictured) and Nate Diaz took the scenic route, but they ultimately got there. During Saturday’s UFC 199 pay-per-view broadcast, it was announced the much anticipated rematch will finally go down at UFC 202.
Diaz shocked the MMA world in March when he submitted McGregor at UFC 196 despite accepting the welterweight bout on just 11 days’ notice. McGregor, the current UFC featherweight champion, was initially slated to challenge lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos to try and become the promotion’s first two-way title holder in the event until dos Anjos was forced to pull out with a broken foot.
The rematch will also take place in a non-title welterweight bout.
After losing the fight, McGregor said he would most likely return to featherweight to defend his throne in his next outing. However, after taking some time to think things through, “Notorious” decided he wanted to immediately run it back with Diaz at welterweight.
The sequel was set for UFC 200, but McGregor refused to hop the UFC’s private jet to fly from Iceland to Las Vegas for last month’s UFC 200 pre-fight press conference. The UFC’s biggest cash cow claimed he was done “handing out fliers” after helping the UFC generate $400 million over his past three bouts.
The UFC called McGregor on his bluff so he subsequently “retired,” only to un-retire two days later. White pulled McGregor from the historic card and slid the light heavyweight title unification bout between champion Daniel Cormier and interim champ Jon Jones into UFC 200’s top spot.
McGregor continued to taunt his bosses on social media by suggesting they needed him more than he needed them with tweets like, “I’ve got my bills paid. My money made. And the entire game slayed. #YourMove.”
McGregor and White appeared to patch things up last month when they met in Los Angeles, with both sides reportedly agreeing to have the Diaz rematch headline UFC 202. However, White met with Diaz two days later and those talks went south with White storming out over money.
White and Diaz arrived at UFC 199 together, leaving many to believe they had ironed out their differences.
Diaz doused fuel onto the flame by posting this epic video on his Instagram Saturday:
UFC 202 goes down August 20 at a yet-to-be determined location.