UFC 200 is expected to break all kinds of records when it comes to pay-per-view buys this July. With that in mind, it’s far from surprising to hear superstar and current Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor will fight in the main event.
In an uncharacteristic move, McGregor has been granted an immediate rematch against Nate Diaz – the brawler who shockingly beat the Irishman at UFC 196 in March. McGregor was originally supposed to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the Lightweight belt (155 pounds), but a foot injury opened the door for Diaz.
Taking the fight on 11 day’s notice, Diaz accepted the bout at 170 pounds, which resulted in McGregor making an unprecedented 25-pound jump in weight. The McGregor-Diaz rematch will also take place at the welterweight division (170 pounds), as the Featherweight champ is looking to prove the fight in March was a fluke.
In fact, the winner of the fight, Nate Diaz, believes the UFC also considers his win to be lucky. Diaz said, “I swear to God, the UFC thinks it was an accident or something. They think it was an accident, and now they’re saying, ‘Let’s get Nate back in there and take him out before he gets any bigger.’”
It’s rumored that Diaz was more inclined to accept the rematch due to the lack of credit he has been given for his victory. But with McGregor having more time to train at 170 pounds and Diaz having a full training camp to prepare for the Irishman, neither side will have any excuses come July 9.
Even though there isn’t a belt on the line, the UFC knows the trash-talking to promote the fight will be epic and both fighters’ slug-it-out fighting style guarantee an entertaining fight. With McGregor headlining, Dana White and the UFC know this fight, and UFC 200 as a whole, are an event no fan will want to miss.