McGregor vs. Diaz rematch in the works for UFC 200
By Joseph Correa
Nate Diaz (19-10) took on UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (19-3) at UFC 196 in a fight that Diaz took on 11 days notice after the original opponent UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering a broken foot in training. This was not the only twist in the plot, as McGregor himself moved up two weight classes to face Diaz at 170. Despite the size advantage being in Diaz's favor, McGregor was as confident as ever and told anyone that would listen that he was going to defeat Diaz like he had every other opponent he had faced in the UFC. In the end, he paid the price being submitted via rear naked choke in the second round.
UFC president Dana White confirmed that the match-up between Diaz and McGregor drew well over 1 million pay-per-view buys and just over $8 million in gate revenue which ranks as the third highest in UFC history.
MMAfighting.com first reported that a rematch may be on the horizon and would likely take place at UFC 200 on July 9 at the brand new T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas, NV. The fight would be contested at 170 pounds like the first, and it would be a non-title affair. Though the rematch has not been officially announced by the UFC multiple sources are reporting that this is indeed the case and that an announcement will likely be made soon. If the fight is finalized, it will be interesting to see what adjustments are made by both fighter's with a full training camp to prepare.