Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II at UFC 200: Contracts Reportedly Issued for Rematch
It looks like Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are headed for a rematch at UFC 200 on July 9th. Contracts have reportedly been issued for McGregor-Diaz II, as Featherweight champion McGregor is looking for redemption following his submission loss to Diaz at UFC 196.
According to MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, the fight will happen not at 155 pounds but at 170 pounds, essentially recreating the weight conditions of the first fight, which was McGregor’s first UFC loss. Helwani added that the contracts have been issued to both fighters’ specifications. To put it simply, this fight is happening at 170 because both fighters want it that way. In his scoop on Monday’s MMA Hour, Helwani would go on to state that McGregor “is obsessed with the idea that he lost to Nate Diaz at 170 pounds. He feels like he should have won and he wants the same circumstances, the same rules, the same stipulations. He wants to do it again and prove that he is the better man.”
I guess we’ll see if McGregor can prove himself against Diaz. Although Diaz was the better man on that night, McGregor is likely to spend the next four months getting used to fighting at 170 in training, since carrying around all that extra weight seemed to be what made his fight against Diaz so difficult. Well, that and Diaz’s tremendous resiliency and strategy. This should be a hell of a fight, provided Dana White doesn’t change his mind and put McGregor against Frankie Edgar. Honestly, I’d be down with either fight right now. McGregor is going to draw money for UFC regardless of who he faces right now. But I guess the plan is to capitalize on the Diaz hype while people are still buzzing.
What do you think about McGregor/Diaz II? Should it be McGregor/Edgar instead? If it is McGregor/Diaz, who do you think will win this time around? Sound off in the comments!