When the news broke that Conor McGregor (19-3) would be staying at welterweight to rematch Nate Diaz (19-10) in the UFC 200 main event, the MMA world got confirmation of something they already knew. But now its official, on July 9th the Irishman will look to avenge his UFC 196 submission loss to Diaz.
In the first meeting, McGregor was successful early on with his striking. He opened up a cut on Nate but he never really had him in any danger. Diaz proved to be difficult to discourage as the Stockton, California native kept moving forward. Eventually in the second round he caught McGregor with solid punches on the feet and stunned the 145lb champion. It forced Conor to look for a takedown and that was the beginning of the end. Diaz was able to lock in a rear-naked choke and finish the fight at 4:12 of the second round.
It seemed at the time that Conor McGregor’s next step would be to defend his UFC featherweight title and that was likely to happen at UFC 200. Well the loss must not be sitting well with “The Notorious” because he’s decided to leave that division behind for the time being. Staying at welterweight will at least give him the opportunity to get used to the extra weight and be ready for a five round fight. The first matchup was on 12 days’ notice, and McGregor had been preparing to fight at 155lbs. It could be a much different fight the next time around, but we must keep in mind that Diaz will likely improve his gameplan as well.
Either way, it would appear that “The Notorious” Conor McGregor gets whatever he wants as long he keeps making the UFC boatloads of money and Nate Diaz is just along for the ride. Don’t miss this fight, July 9th, available on pay per view. For more coverage on UFC 200 keep checking back with profightingfans.com.
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