UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz will be held on March 5, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event was expected to be headlined by a UFC Lightweight Championship bout between current champion Rafael dos Anjos and current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor. This would have been the second time in UFC history that current champions in different divisions would fight for a title. The first time was at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009, when then-UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre defended his title against then-lightweight champion B.J. Penn.
On February 23, the planned bout suffered a setback as it was announced that Dos Anjos pulled out due to a broken foot. Former featherweight champion José Aldo declined the initial opportunity to replace him due to “lack of time” to prepare for the bout. In addition, former lightweight champion and current top contender at featherweight Frankie Edgar also declined the opportunity due to a groin injury. Eventually, The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner and former lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz was announced as the replacement and the bout will take place in the welterweight division.
A UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Holly Holm and former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate is expected to co-headline the event.
Check out the full fight card below along with a video preview of the event.
Main Card (PPV)
Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
Holly Holm (c) vs. Miesha Tate [a]
Gian Villante vs. Ilir Latifi
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Brandon Thatch vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Vitor Miranda vs. Marcelo Guimaraes
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Diego Sanchez vs. Jim Miller
Justin Salas vs. Jason Saggo
Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara