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Conor McGregor explains why he wanted to fight Nate Diaz at 170 pounds again

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Conor McGregor has gotten many questions — and plenty of criticism — for wanting to fight Nate Diaz again at welterweight, two divisions up from where McGregor holds the UFC title.

In a press conference last week in Las Vegas, McGregor addressed his reasons for wanting to take on Diaz at 170 pounds for a second straight time. The two will meet in the main event of UFC 202 on Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. Diaz beat McGregor by second-round submission in the first fight at UFC 196 in March.

“What kind of fighter would I be if I lost a contest at a specific weight against a specific individual and then I said, ‘Well, you got me this time, cut a load of weight and I’ll get you at that weight?'” McGregor said. “It makes sense for me to have the contest at 170 to right the wrong. To leave no questions. This is the one. This is where I put everything to rest.”

The first bout came together in strange fashion. McGregor, 28, was supposed to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC 196. But 11 days out from the fight dos Anjos had to withdraw due to a broken foot. McGregor and the UFC tabbed the popular Diaz as the replacement.

Diaz, who had been vacationing in Cabo, flew to Los Angeles for a press conference on about 24 hours notice and he and McGregor tore the house down. It was one of the most watched press conferences ever on the UFC’s YouTube channel. That hype, with McGregor’s bravado and Diaz’s no-nonsense, profane style, translated into the fight. UFC 196 did around 1.5 million pay-per-view buys for the top revenue figure ever in promotion history.

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