Conor McGregor is expected to be taking on Nate Diaz at UFC 200, a rematch of their UFC 196 clash in March, which was won by the American fighter via submission in the second round with a rear-naked choke hold.
With McGregor fighting against Diaz, the Irishman will once again not defend the UFC Featherweight Championship he won at UFC 194 last December. Instead, a clash for the interim UFC Featherweight title will take place, with the winner going on to face Notorious at a later date.
The two fighters that will be competing for that interim title are the man McGregor defeated to win the championship, Jose Aldo, and former UFC Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar. Both men have challenged the Irishman to a fight since his loss to Diaz, so both will be desperate to win for an opportunity to get their hands on him.
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As for when that proposed fight could take place? It will most likely be arguably UFC's second biggest pay-per-view event of this year, UFC 205, scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The significance of this event is that it will be the first UFC event to take place in the state since MMA was legalized about a month ago. UFC announced that they will host an event at the famous sports arena just under a week ago.
Edgar has said in a recent interview with Fox Business that if he and McGregor win their respective fights at UFC 200, he hopes a unification match can be arranged for UFC 205 on November 12 later this year.
He said: “I’d love to get a win here in July and then fight McGregor for that real title in the Garden in November. If not McGregor, then I’ll be defending my title in the Garden.”
Edgar also said: "And also, the interim’s going to guarantee me a shot at the title. If I hold the interim, there’s no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. I have to be fighting that guy for the title, or my title becomes the title if [McGregor] doesn’t come down.”
UFC 205 is likely to be a star-studded card, filled with top fighters from around the UFC world. Not only are McGregor, Aldo, and Edgar expected on the card, but so are the likes of New York natives such as Jon Jones, Chris Weidman, and Rashad Evans.
This could be the location of Ronda Rousey's UFC return fight too, as she hasn't competed in the promotion since her loss to Holly Holm - who is also highly speculated to be on the card too and possibly be her opponent as well - at UFC 193 in November last year.
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