The long-awaited rematch between Conor McGregor (19-3) and Nate Diaz has been confirmed after the UFC announced that a deal has been done and the pair will square off in the Octagon again at UFC 202 in August.
Back in March, Nate Diaz (19-10) recorded one of the biggest upsets in UFC history when he stopped golden boy Conor McGregor by submisson in the second round to bring the Irishman’s winning streak to a shuddering halt at UFC 196.
31-year-old Diaz ended McGregor’s 15-fight winning streak after the Irishman jumped up in weight to face Diaz, he fought at 25 pounds above is natural weight.
After a rollercoaster of negotiations, with setback after setback. McGregor and Diaz were supposed to do battle for a second time at UFC 200 on July 9, but that was thrown out by UFC president Dana White after McGregor refused to fulfil his media duties.
Both parties have since been trying to come to an agreement for quite sometime, most thought we wouldn’t get to see the return fight.
UFC‘s promotion officially confirmed the fight straight after their PPV event at UFC199 at The Forum on Saturday night in Los Angeles, where we witnessed Michael Bisping beating Luke Rockhold for the the middleweight world championship.
After a long period of uncertainty, the announcement will no doubt please MMA fans worldwide and they can look forward to another unmissable night of UFC action in the calendar on August 20th.
Earlier Nate Diaz hinted at a deal being made after he put out a video on Instagram where he is seen ‘Stockton Slapping’ UFC President Dana White and commenting:
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Meanwhile former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has agreed where we will see his return to the octagon and he is scheduled to appear on UFC 200 next month, Lesnar is one of the those fighters that brings in big pay-per-view numbers, setting records during his eight-year MMA career.
Lesnar has been away from the sport since 2011 after losing his second successive fight and returned to WWE, he has kept up his MMA training and is keen to return.