WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Conor McGregor, the featherweight champion who had a meteoric rise in popularity during a 15-fight winning streak that ended with a loss to Nate Diaz, has said he would finish Diaz off early today.
"That's what he said last time," Diaz said.
During their first fight at UFC 196 on March 5, Diaz weathered a first-round storm from McGregor, absorbing multiple shots and suffering a bloody facial cut. McGregor seemed to have exhausted himself by the second round and Diaz capitalized, dominating McGregor and forcing him to tap out with a rear naked choke. Diaz took the fight on short notice and the two agreed to meet at welterweight.
McGregor had asked for a quick rematch and it was scheduled during the landmark UFC 200 card in July, but McGregor announced he was retiring during the spring and he refused to meet some of the media obligations. He later relented but UFC had dropped him from that card by then.
McGregor (19-3) agreed to meet Diaz (20-10) at welterweight again for the rematch. Win or lose, the Irishman will drop back down to featherweight following this fight.