The show must go on. This was how UFC president Dana White described the upcoming UFC 196 as he officially announced that Nate Diaz will fight Conor McGregor and it will be at the 170 lbs.
Diaz comes as a short notice replacement to Rafael dos Anjos, who withdrew from scheduled March 5 fight after suffering an injury at training camp. White believes that the fight will be one of the most exciting and it’s the fight that the fans want to see.
“Conor wanted the fight, Nate Diaz wants the fight, everyone wants the fight and we believe it was the right fight to make. There was a long list of people who wanted to fight Conor with the likes of BJ Penn, but eventually some of them begged off,” White said over Sports Center.
Both Diaz and McGregor have been exchanging nasty comments and finally the date has been set for them to settle the score once and for all. Adding excitement to the bout, White adds that both fighters will take it to the Octagon in the Welterweight division.
Diaz has been fighting at the lightweight and welterweight class with a record of 18 wins, four by knockout, 11 by submission and three by decision. He has also 10 loses to his name while McGregor is at the featherweight and lightweight class and will bring in a fight record of 19 wins with 17 by way of knockout, one by submission and one via decision. He also has two loses to go with it.
Rafael dos Anjos has been forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering a broken left foot, forcing him to pull out of the supposed lightweight title fight against McGregor. The Brazilian fighter was hoping that his injury would get better over the weekend but it did not – causing the fight to be called off.
However, McGregor hopes that his fight with dos Anjos will push through in the future while he prepares to take on Diaz in the match that will be held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. UFC 196 will also have the women’s bantamweight division as co-main event with champion Holly Holm defending her title against Miesha Tate.
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