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Conor McGregor reportedly facing Nate Diaz in shock rematch at UFC 200

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Conor McGregor had the lowest moment of his career to date at UFC 196 as he lost for the first ever time in the UFC, tapping out in the middle of that octagon in Las Vegas to Nate Diaz.

Well, McGregor may just be about to get his revenge.

This is after it was revealed that the UFC were working on plans for McGregor to be in the main event of the super UFC 200 show that will take place in July. His opponent? A rematch with Diaz.

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According to reports from both MMA Fighting and ESPN, the UFC have gone completely against the conventional wisdom by making the rematch so soon.

McGregor - Diaz II was expected at some point, but not this soon. Everyone was expecting McGregor to face either Frankie Edgar or a rematch with Jose Aldo. Diaz, on the other, was apparently on Rafael dos Anjos' list of wanted fights.

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There is one reason and one reason only why Dana White and the UFC have gone for this: money. Lovely, lovely money.

White has already said that the first encounter between McGregor and Diaz produced around 1.5 million pay-per-view buys - which would be good for the second highest amount in UFC history, only behind Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir at UFC 100.

The McGregor-Diaz bout also produced an $8.1 million gate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the third highest in company history. Conor McGregor being on a card is like printing money for the UFC, a rematch against Diaz is almost certainly going to smash that Lesnar record.

The big question now is whether or not McGregor will be dropping his UFC Flyweight Championship, a title that he won't have defended for two straight matches if the Diaz fight is made official.

UFC 196: McGregor v Diaz

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