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Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz Rematch In The Works For UFC 200

It appears Conor McGregor won’t be defending his UFC featherweight title at UFC 200, as he was planning on doing. Instead, he’s taking a rematch with the first man to defeat him in the UFC’s Octagon, Nate Diaz.

The news was first reported by MMA Fighting. Last week, there were conflicting reports that McGregor had declined the Diaz rematch, and opted to defend his title instead.

Nate Diaz stepped in as a late replacement against Conor McGregor at UFC 196. The fight was contested at welterweight. McGregor was clearly winning the first round of that fight, landing many hard punches on Diaz that bloodied up the Stockton, California native.

However, in the second round, it appeared that McGregor began to get tired from throwing so many power shots at Diaz. Diaz weathered the storm and began to get the better of the striking against McGregor. A tired and battered McGregor then shot for an exhausted takedown, which resulted in Diaz submitting him.

Although his is a very understandable business move for the UFC, as the fight will draw a lot of interest from all MMA fans-world wide, it’s a shame that the featherweight division is being held hostage.

As of yet, there’s no word if McGregor will be stripped of his featherweight title, or the UFC will have two fighters fight for an interim featherweight title.

There’s no indication at this point what weight class the rematch will take place at. Lightweight or welterweight again would seem to be the only two options.

UFC 200 takes place on July 9th, 2016 at T-Mobile arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.