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Nate Diaz will now face Conor McGregor at UFC 196

When Rafael dos Anjos dropped out of the main event of UFC 196 due to a broken foot, the UFC had a big problem on their hands. With about 11 days until the event, UFC President Dana White had to pull something fast in order to keep the fans interest. They already had Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate for the Women’s Bantamweight Title, but a Conor McGregor fight was also promised. Dana had to think of something fast.

After going through a list of various fighters for a last-minute bout, there seemed to be no hope. That was until the obvious choice was sitting right in front of our faces. It appears that Dana White saw it as well. At 11pm Tuesday night on ESPN, it was announced that Conor McGregor would fight Nate Diaz at UFC 196.


The fight will be a welterweight bout, even though the original main event was made as a lightweight bout. With the amount of time given, the UFC didn’t seem like it had much of a choice. There would be no way to move up a weight range, due to the unfortunate circumstances, along with the timing. I am sure McGregor is up for the challenge, and is loving that history will be made regardless. He also loves to trash-talk, and given the amount of days until the event and his track record, he has plenty of time to do so.

Nate Diaz is definitely ecstatic about having the opportunity to face McGregor. After defeating Michael Johnson at UFC on Fox 17, the 30-year old called out McGregor in an interview filled with profanity.


It appears that Diaz wants the spotlight to be on him. Whatever the case may be, Conor McGregor will fight anyone, whether it is for a title he holds or the spotlight he so dearly loves. Come March 5th, Las Vegas will be buzzing with excitement. An excellent women’s bout and an apparent grudge match to boot. It should be one wild ride.

Let’s get it on!

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