Although a proposed rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor left many shaking their heads, the fight was still made. Not only will there be a Diaz vs. McGregor 2, but it will also headline the biggest Ultimate Fighting Championship event of the year: UFC 200.
With Diaz having submitted McGregor in the second round of their fight, why make the rematch?
Because Conor McGregor wanted the fight, and Conor McGregor gets what he wants; that’s why.
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“After the (first) fight, Lorenzo (Fertitta) and I went up to Conor’s house and started talking about what he was thinking, what’s next, and he was obsessed, obsessed with fighting Nate Diaz again. Lorenzo and I tried arguing with him, let’s go back down do 145 and defend your title,” UFC president Dana White recently explained in an interview with ESPN’s SportsCenter.
White went on to explain that as hard he and Fertitta tried, and even with McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, trying to persuade McGregor to at least get the fight at 155 pounds, McGregor would have none of it. Losing to Diaz was stuck in his craw and he wanted redemption.
So the UFC made the fight, as McGregor requested, at 170 pounds, and then put a stamp on it as the UFC 200 main event, despite there being no title at stake.
White said it wasn’t a hard sell to get Diaz to agree.
It still didn’t sit well with a lot of fans, but White explained why McGregor, despite holding up ….View full article