UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor will now fight number six UFC lightweight contender Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 5.
This comes after the Irishman's original opponent for the event, Rafael dos Anjos, pulled out of the upcoming fight due to a broken left foot, dashing McGregor's hopes of holding two UFC titles at the same time for the time being.
A report by MMAFighting says the Brazilian fighter injured his foot during training on Friday but did not announce his injury straight away because he was hoping it would get better over the weekend. When it didn't, he decided to pull out of the fight.
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UFC President, Dana White, has said according to The Guardian, that the fight between McGregor and Diaz will take place at 170lb (welterweight), which both fighters agreed upon, meaning the American needs to cut weight in less than two weeks.
Diaz has already begun the trash-talking between the two fighters, tweeting out: "He's going to have to get on his knees and beg..." No doubt it shouldn't take long for the Irish fighter to respond to such comments.
The story of his opponent pulling out of a fight is all too familiar for McGregor, as last summer, Jose Aldo withdrew from his fight against the Irishman just eleven days before UFC 189. This now marks the fourth time in Conor's eight UFC fights that his original opponent was forced to pull out.
McGregor vs Diaz will still be the co-main event alongside the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship clash between Holly Holm and her challenger Miesha Tate.
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