After being pulled from the UFC 200 card, the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is now set for Aug. 20 at UFC 202 in Las Vegas.
The UFC announced the fight on Saturday night (June 4) during UFC 199. It was originally scheduled as the headliner for UFC 200 on July 9, but after McGregor refused to fly to Las Vegas to shoot the event’s commercial, he was pulled from the card.
After some back-n-forth in the media, McGregor finally met with UFC president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta in Los Angeles in mid-May to discuss rebooking the fight at UFC 202. However, days later, things hit a snag when Diaz asked to renegotiate financial terms of the rematch.
McGregor has fought since March, when Nate Diaz upset him with a submission win at UFC 196 — the first loss of McGregor’s career.
He still holds the 145-pound championship he won in December, after knocking out Jose Aldo in a UFC title fight-record 13 seconds. However, he says he wants his rematch with Nate Diaz to take place at 170 pounds again, so nothing is different from their first fight.
“What kind of fighter would I be if I said, ‘Hey, I didn’t get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155,'” McGregor told ESPN. “I’ll make my adjustments. I ate up to the weight. This time, I won’t do that.”
— UFC (@ufc) June 5, 2016