After much speculation the UFC offically named a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz as the main event for the upcoming UFC 200 card. Also announced was a interim featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
After much speculation as to what will serve as the main event for the historic card the UFC has decided to go with its current money making star Conor McGregor as the main attraction. The rematch with Diaz seems to serve nothing more than McGregor’s own ego as the bout will once again take place at the welterweight limit of 170 pounds.
McGregor was defeated by Diaz at UFC 196. Diaz took the fight on short notice after lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos suffered a broken foot while training. The UFC made the bout at welterweight as McGregor and his camp had made claims that the “Notorious” one would also make a run at Robbie Lawler and his welterweight title. The plan backfired as Diaz was able to get McGregor on the ground a secure a submission victory. The lost must have left a bitter taste in the mouth of McGregor as the UFC has granted him another crack at Diaz.
Many within the MMA community had speculated that the loss to Diaz would prompt McGregor to return to featherweight where he could finally defend the championship he won from Jose Aldo. The general feeling with many was that Frankie Edgar was the number one contender for the featherweight crown.
It made sense for the UFC to have McGregor on the 200 card but the biggest question mark was at what capacity. We now know the answer and we also now know that Edgar and former champion Jose Aldo are going to be fighting for the interim featherweight title.
Aldo suffered his first loss in 10 years at the hands of McGregor. It only took the Irishman 13-seconds to knockout Aldo and bring his reign of dominance crashing down. Aldo and his camp cried for a rematch but those fell on deaf ears. He now gets his wish, sort of, as he will technically be in a bout for the featherweight championship just not against the man he wanted.
Since dropping down to the featherweight in 2013 Frankie Edgar as gone 5-1 with his only loss being to Jose Aldo. He as defeated Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes who many consider to be featherweight royalty. He as also stopped the winning streak of Cub Swanson and made sure Charles Oliveira stayed on the prospect list by defeating both men.
Aldo, Diaz, and Edgar all share the same desire of wanting to face and beat Conor McGregor. Diaz for the money, Aldo for revenge, and Edgar for the gold. The shadow that McGregor casts is so huge that it will effect not one but two bouts on this historic UFC event.