After Rafael dos Anjos was forced to withdraw from the lightweight championship fight against Conor McGregor due to a broken foot, the UFC was left scrambling for an opponent for current featherweight champion at UFC 196.
Nate Diaz is going to be that guy.
The company made the announcement on the 11pm edition of SportsCenter on Tuesday night. UFC President Dana White said that Jose Aldo, who McGregor knocked out in 13 seconds back in December, turned down a rematch. He then made it known that this fight will be a welterweight fight, with both men fighting in the 170 lb. weight class. The new weight class is 25 lbs. higher up than that of McGregor’s last fight at 145.
It’s clear that McGregor just wants to fight, and he doesn’t care what class he’s in.
There was no shortage of potential opponents for McGregor due to the amount of fighters wanting to take a crack at the “Notorious” one. With a personality like McGregor, fighters like Diaz and Donald Cerrone wanted a chance to shut up the man who is becoming the face of the company.
UFC 196 is taking place on March 5 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Campus Sports will have full coverage of the even from now until the conclusion of the event.
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