The rematch of the century is on, as Conor McGregor will face Nate Diaz back inside the octagon in the main event of UFC 200.
The news of the rematch was confirmed last night, with the fight having the potential to break all sorts of UFC box office and pay per view records as "The Notorious" looks to get revenge on the man who made him tap out earlier this month.
Interestingly, though, it seems like Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and the rest of the power brokers at the UFC didn't want the rematch to happen just yet - with McGregor himself insisting on facing Diaz before anyone else. That included going against the wishes of his own coach.
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White told the story to SportsCenter on ESPN, revealing just how much McGregor wanted payback against the American, Diaz.
"After the fight, Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I went up to Conor's house that he's renting here in Las Vegas and started talking...And he was obsessed, obsessed with fighting Nate Diaz again," White said, via MMAjunkie.
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According to White, the two of them tried to get McGregor to defend the UFC featherweight title that he holds or even fight Diaz at a lighter weight than before, but McGregor was adamant.
Ignoring His Coach
That's when White revealed that even McGregor's coach - John Kavanagh - tried to get him off the idea of the rematch.
"Obviously, Lorenzo and I tried to argue with him and say, ‘Let’s go back down to ’45 and defend your title, or if you really want the Diaz fight that bad, do it at ’55.’ But he wants to fight at 170."
"Even his coach, (John) 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.”
McGregor, of course, was defeated in surprising fashion at UFC 196. The Irishman came into the fight as the heavy favourite, talking himself up non-stop, but Diaz utilized his rangy boxing, iron jaw and excellent grappling to tag McGregor on his feet before forcing the Champ to tap to a rear-naked choke in the second round of the fight.
The rematch will be an interesting proposition. There's no doubt that the hype will be out of this world as McGregor looks to reclaim his throne at the top of the UFC, but he'll have to fight smarter and train harder than he did last time.
If not, then the Conor McGregor bandwagon could be coming to an end.
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