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With Conor McGregor eloping to 170, the featherweight belt needs to go back up for grabs

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What started out a play at UFC history has become a series of sharp left turns that has everyone feeling a little dizzy. Instead of fighting Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 for the lightweight belt, Conor McGregor was asked to roll with the punches when RDA went down with a broken foot. Dos Anjos became Nate Diaz, and that broken foot became broken records. Diaz dealt McGregor his first loss in the UFC, with the Irishman fighting indifferently — one might even say cockily — as a welterweight. By beating McGregor, Diaz subsequently leapt into (deeper) cult status and Justin Bieber’s crosshairs.

Still, the show was a regular bonanza for the UFC, (more than likely) surpassing the landmark event that was UFC 100 in revenues.

Now, if all of that just seemed like a bunch of people giving into whims in a makeshift situation, think again. According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, the two have verbally agreed to rematch at UFC 200…at welterweight, no less, where neither were hubbed prior to squaring off earlier this month. Suddenly an arbitrary meeting to save a card has become something to plan and bank on for the next landmark event.

Not only did the original distraction work, but now the distraction becomes the attraction. Which is, of course, a little bit bogus.

McGregor shouldn’t get a mulligan for losing a fight that only made sense because of extenuating circumstances to begin with. It was a fun fight, one that could be revisited down the road under refreshened stakes, but what about the division that McGregor won the belt in? What about Frankie Edgar, who was promised a shot after throttling Chad Mendes? What about Jose Aldo who held the belt for a decade? What about those ….View full article

Source:: mma fighting