Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II, Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar Confirmed for UFC 200
It’s official: Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will square off in a rematch in the main event of UFC 200 on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight will take place at 170 pounds, despite attempts to talk McGregor out of the weight class. and will take place inside the newly built in Las Vegas.
“He was obsessed — obsessed with fighting Nate Diaz again,” UFC President Dana White said in an interview with ESPN. “Obviously, [UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta] 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.
“Even his coach tried to get him to get off the rematch and off the 170-pound fight,” White added. “But it’s what he wanted.”
McGregor will be looking to avenge his first loss in the UFC, which came at UFC 196 earlier this month when Diaz shocked the featherweight champion with a rear-naked choke in the second round. T
he rematch is a major professional vendetta for McGregor, but it comes at the expense of defending his featherweight title, as the UFC has now scheduled an interim featherweight title fight between former champion Jose Aldo and top contender Frankie Edgar for UFC 200, with the winner facing McGregor down the line.
In addition to McGregor-Diaz II and Aldo-Edgar, UFC 200 will also feature Cain Velasquez returning to action in a heavyweight fight against Travis Browne, and Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks taking on Kelvin Gastelum in a welterweight bout. All in all, this is shaping up to be a hell of a fight card. If nothing else, it’s a reason to be excited for July. The full card so far:
UFC 200 CARD
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
José Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
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