The two met at UFC 196 in a welterweight non-title affair after Rafael dos Anjos, whom McGregor will fight for the lightweight title withdrew from the fight. Ever since his loss, McGregor has been “obsessed” with having a rematch with Diaz, says UFC President Dana White.
McGregor and Diaz will fight at 170 pounds, which is several pounds higher than what they normally compete. And the reason is that of Conor McGregor, MMA Fighting reports.
White says that McGregor won’t have it any other way. “After the fight, Lorenzo (Fertitta) and I went up to Conor’s house that he was renting here in Las Vegas and started talking about, ‘what are you thinking, what’s next?’ And he was obsessed. Obsessed with fighting Nate Diaz again,” White said on ESPN.
“Obviously, Lorenzo and I tried to argue with him and say let’s go back down to 145 and defend your title, or if you really want the Diaz fight that bad, do it at 155. And he wants to fight at 170. Even his coach, Coach (John) Kavanagh, tried to get him to get off this rematch and off the 170-pound fight, but it’s what he wanted,” he added.
The news of the rematch has already brought cheers among fans. The betting odds are already in favour of McGregor though.
White also revealed that McGregor’s willingness to fight on short notices played a huge role. “Conor McGregor is a guy who has had fights fall out seven days before he’s supposed to defend his title, and he steps up and he takes on all comers,” White said.
“The guy fights anybody, anywhere, anytime. He’s stepped up on late notice and done these things. He wants this Nate Diaz fight? We’ll give it to him. We’ll make Frankie (Edgar) and Jose (Aldo) for the interim title, and whoever wins that fight will then fight Conor McGregor for the 145-pound title.”
So, even if the Irishman loses to Diaz, he will still get to defend his 145-pound featherweight title.
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