UFC 200: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 will be held on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Many have called for the Irishman to go back to 145lbs to defend his title following his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, however with McGregor staying at welterweight for the time being, he has forced the UFC to make an interim title fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar on the same card.
Should McGregor just let go of his title that he worked so hard to get? Not according to Dana White who defends him holding onto the belt while getting the rematch he wanted with Diaz.
“Conor McGregor is a guy who has had fights fall out seven days before he’s supposed to defend his title and he steps up and he takes on all comers,” White said on SportsCenter.
“The guy fights anybody, anywhere, any time. He’s stepped up late notice and done these things, he wants this Nate Diaz fight, we’ll give it to him. We’ll make Frankie and Jose the interim title. Whoever wins that fight will then fight Conor McGregor for the true 145 pound title.”
When McGregor cuts to 145lbs, he looks like a different human being on the scales. However McGregor has said in the past that the weight cut is tough, but he has never missed the required featherweight limit. With that in mind, White says no matter what happens at UFC 200, the Irishman will return to featherweight to defend his title after his bout with Diaz.
“Yes, he will (return to featherweight),” White said. “Win, lose or draw in this fight against Nate Diaz, he will go in and he will fight either Jose or Frankie, whoever wins at (UFC) 200.”
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