Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz Set for UFC 196

UFC 196 has a new main event, as UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor will step up two weight classes to fight Nate Diaz in a non-title fight. This follows the news that broke yesterday, as it was announced that UFC Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos would not be able to compete at UFC 196 due to a broken foot. But Diaz offered to take the fight, so now we’ve got ourselves a main event for March 5 in Las Vegas.

According to UFC president Dana White, Diaz wasn’t the first choice for this fight, as Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo were on the shortlist.

“We called Jose Aldo; Jose Aldo turned the fight down,” White said in an interview on Sportscenter. “We called Frankie Edgar; Frankie Edgar turned the fight down. Those are two guys everybody was talking about. A lot of guys wanted this fight, but we ended up with Nate Diaz. We felt this was the fight to make and the fight the fans wanted to see.”

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz Set for UFC 196

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For his part, McGregor doesn’t seem intimidated by the prospect of moving up two weight classes, tweeting out that he’s prepared to “run through everyone on the roster.”

This should be a solid fight for the main event, although I find I’m more interested in the Bantamweight title fight between Holly Holm and Meisha Tate. Still, even though we lost McGregor/dos Anjos, I’m amped for UFC 196.

What do you think of the replacement fight? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on UFC 196, watch McGregor’s explosive response to rumors that his relationship with UFC is in turmoil!

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