When Conor McGregor is involved, you know it is a big show. So even though a chance at history was taken away from the brash Irishmen when lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos withdrew from their scheduled bout with a foot injury.
With dos Anjos out, Nate Diaz agreed to step up on short notice to take the fight at UFC 196 on March 5.
However, there was a catch. Diaz accepted the fight against McGregor, but it will be contested at 170-pounds in the welterweight division — 25 pounds above McGregor’s normal division, featherweight, where he holds the title.
The agreement to take the fight speaks volumes about both men’s willingness to fight anyone at anytime and that has led to plenty of excitement about the fight.
Now that it is UFC 196 fight week, the Ultimate Fighting Championship released the official “UFC 196 Countdown” video that will get your heart pumping. If you weren’t already excited for McGregor vs. Diaz at UFC 196, you will be after checking out the video below.
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