C is for Conor.
The UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor will get his wish at UFC 200 when he rematches TUF Season 5 winner and top ranked Lightweight Nate Diaz in a rematch from their bout at UFC 196. The bout will be contested once again at Welterweight at 170 lbs. The bout was announced on UFC Tonight.
McGregor (19-3, 7-1 in UFC) and Diaz (19-10, 14-8 in UFC) met in the main event at UFC 196 when Rafael dos Anjos pulled out the main event title fight with McGregor. Nate Diaz stepped up on 11 days notice to fight and upset the Featherweight champion with a round two rear naked choke submission that shocked many as Nate was polled as a heavy underdog. Conor won the first round and gave Diaz trouble early on the feet. Diaz would rally with a combination that stifled McGregor who, in a state of desperation, went for a takedown that would lead to a scramble that swiftly saw Nate in the mount position ready to strike.
Another feature fight added onto the card that suprised many, including this writer, will be an Interim Featherweight championship fight between former champ Jose Aldo (25-2, 7-1 in UFC) and the former UFC Lightweight champion and top contender Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (20-4-1, 14-4-1 in UFC). The bout will serve as the co-headliner of the night. This bout will also be a rematch from their 2013 meeting where Jose Aldo edged Edgar across five rounds on the judges score cards.
Since that fight, Aldo would the defend the Featherweight championship three more times against Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas, and Chad Mendes before falling to current champion Conor McGregor by knockout last December. Edgar has since reeled off five impressive victories over BJ Penn, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, and most recently a first-round knockout of Chad Mendes last December.
UFC 200 takes place July 9th at the newly built T-Mobile Arena.