The UFC is apparently working to secure a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz as the main event for UFC 200 in July.
Diaz stepped in to fight the Irishman at UFC 196 in place of the injured Rafael dos Anjos, stunning the world by making McGregor tap to a rear naked choke, and it had been anticipated ‘The Notorious’ would return to the featherweight division as a result.
But according to MMA Fighting and Ariel Helwani, it would appear a title defence for McGregor is not on the cards.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 18, 2016
If confirmed the fight would certainly raise eyebrows, with many fans calling for Frankie Edgar to be given a shot at McGregor – a move supported by Joe Rogan.
The news has certainly shocked MMA fans on social media…
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) March 18, 2016
@arielhelwani Are you kidding me? At 155? What about Frankie Edgar? What about the featherweight division?
— Ryan Hobbs (@RyanHobbs723) March 18, 2016
— Bailey (@mattbailey1991) March 18, 2016
— Markus.Stockpile (@STOCKPILE_GA) March 18, 2016
— Ricky Walsh (@RDUBBS518) March 18, 2016
@arielhelwani please, no.
— Michael Silver (@BigEastSilver) March 18, 2016
— Στέφανος (@Now_World_Order) March 18, 2016
@arielhelwani The main event of UFC 200 needs to be a title fight. Have Conor vs. Edgar or Nate vs. Lawler/RDA.
— Al Stover (@alstover) March 18, 2016
@arielhelwani I'm okay with the fight under the condition that he vacates the FW belt.
— Lord Christian (@wwebigshowfan6) March 18, 2016
— Fansy Pant (@FansyPant) March 18, 2016
There is also the matter of at what weight would the fight take place.
McGregor had prepared to fight RDA at lightweight but, to ensure the Diaz fight happened, agreed a jump to welterweight.
One thing that will be certain, Stockton’s Diaz will command a larger fee having earned the victory first time round.