Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2 has been confirmed for UFC 202 in a few months time in McGregor's second home of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McGregor was handed his first loss in the UFC by Diaz back at UFC 196, tapping out in the middle of the octagon to a rear naked choke. Now he has the chance to get his revenge.
Despite being the UFC featherweight champion, McGregor made the choice to have his rematch against Diaz immediately, putting his title to the side for the time being. The Irishman has finally revealed why.
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Speaking at the UFC 202 press conference last week, McGregor explained his reasoning for wanting the fight against Diaz to take place at welterweight again.
"What kind of fighter would I be if I lost a contest at a specific weight against a specific individual and then I said, ‘Well, you got me this time, cut a load of weight and I'll get you at that weight?'" McGregor said, according to Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting.
"It makes sense for me to have the contest at 170 to right the wrong. To leave no questions. This is the one. This is where I put everything to rest."
McGregor makes a very good point. Fighting Diaz at a lower weight is just a lose-lose situation for him. If he were to beat Diaz at 155 then people would act like he could only do it at a lower weight, and if he were to lose at 155 then he wouldn't be treated seriously at all as a main eventer.
McGregor's image depends upon public perception of him. He needs to keep the fans and viewers entertained and interested enough to keep watching his fights.
The Notorious One needs to beat Diaz in this rematch if he wants to stay as the big dog of the UFC. He has several challengers already nipping at his heels.