Conor McGregor had what has to go down as the worst moment of his UFC career earlier this month, when he lost his first ever match in the promotion.
Having spent pretty much the entire buildup to the fight declaring how easily he was going to beat Nate Diaz, the Irishman was in for a rude awakening when his American counterpart capitalised on a lazy takedown by McGregor which was followed up by some heavy strikes and eventually a rear-naked choke that made McGregor tap out.
Well, McGregor now has the chance for revenge, as a rematch between the two was officially confirmed by Dana White. UFC 200 has its main event, ladies and gentleman.
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The news was first broken by Brett Okamoto of ESPN last night, who tweeted out the reveal to his followers in the afternoon.
Big Money Match
There is one reason, and one reason alone, why this rematch is happening instead of McGregor defending the UFC title he holds at the 145lb pound division: money.
McGregor vs Diaz 1 was huge for the UFC, coming in as one of their best selling pay-per-views of all-time with nearly one and a half million people all around the globe buying the event.
The rematch between the American and the Irishman is almost certain to smash the mark it set the first time, and could even have the biggest buy rate in the history of the company - finally breaking the record of 1.6million buys set by the Brock Lesnar - Frank Mir main event UFC 100, all the way back in 2009.
McGregor wants Revenge
According to Dana White, however, it was McGregor who was pushing hard for the fight, saying that "The Notorious" was dead set on getting his revenge.
“After the fight, Lorenzo and I went up to Conor’s house that he’s renting here in Las Vegas and started talking about what are you thinking, what’s next?,” White said on ESPN’s SportsCenter, via the Independent.
“And he was obsessed – obsessed – with fighting Nate Diaz again. Obviously, Lorenzo and I tried to argue with him and say, ‘Let’s go back down to 145 and defend your title, or if you really want the Diaz fight that bad, do it at 155."
Apparently, though, McGregor wants to do the fight again at 170.
“But he wants to fight at 170. Even his coach, Kavanagh, tried to get him to get off this rematch and off the 170-pound fight, but it’s what he wanted. And he’s going to get it.”
Let's hope it goes a bit better for McGregor this time.