The UFC officially announced on Wednesday that Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2 will headline the UFC 200 card on July 9 at the newly built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rematch will happen at welterweight with McGregor looking to avenge his first UFC career loss.
“He was obsessed — obsessed with fighting Nate Diaz again. Obviously, Lorenzo and I tried to argue with him and said, ‘Let’s go back to 145 and defend your title or if you really want the Diaz fight that bad, do it at 155. He wants the fight at 170,” Dana White told ESPN.
Diaz defeated “Notorious” last March 6 at UFC 196 via a second round submission win. Conor McGregor was supposed to fight for the lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos but he was forced to withdraw due to a broken foot.
The Stockton, California-native agreed to take the fight on just 11 days notice and the bout against McGregor was ruled as a welterweight bout. Diaz’s face was a bloody mess but he was able to withstand a barrage of punches and submitted McGregor via a rear-naked choke.
So if the fighting Irishman wins against Diaz, who will he face next? Well, there is a very interesting comment from former middleweight champion, Anderson “The Spider” Silva that could pique the interest of MMA fans and the UFC.
“I really want to test myself against him. I think he’s a great athlete. I think he’s got great skills. Even though I’ve got my focus on my next opponent, I’d like to test myself against him,” Silva said on a possible fight with Conor McGregor, per FOX Sports.
However, Dana White told ESPN that McGregor already has a fight after the Diaz rematch. He will be defending his featherweight belt against the winner of the Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar match that will also happen at UFC 200.
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