The UFC is reportedly close to giving Conor McGregor what he wants: the rematch with Nate Diaz.
After pulling him from UFC 200 over media obligations, the UFC said they would have him defend his Featherweight Title next. McGregor himself continued pushing for the Diaz fight to be re-booked, and according to FloCombat.com’s Jeremy Botter, it may be set soon.
In response to an obviously untrue story from UK tabloid The Sun stating that McGregor was in talks to fight boxer Floyd Mayweather next, Botter gave a date for the expected UFC 196 rematch.
Besides, McGregor/Diaz is 99% done for the UFC 202 main event on August 20, anyway.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) May 6, 2016
With UFC 201 expected for July 30, the UFC would have three pay-per-view events in a six week span. The UFC has made no announcements as of yet, but the fight would be sensible for an August 20 date.
Penick’s Analyis: It makes the most sense right now to book this rematch given they’ve already got the Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar fight set for UFC 200. There’s too much money to be made, and it doesn’t make sense keeping McGregor sidelined until the Aldo-Edgar winner is ready. We’ll see whether this actually pans out, but obviously the McGregor-Mayweather talk is absolute BS and this is a hell of a lot more believable.
[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]
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