Conor McGregor will fight Nate Diaz at UFC 196 on March 6th (NZT) after Rafael dos Anjos was forced to pull out with a injury sustained in training.
Diaz called McGregor out after his last fight, building hype for a possible fight against McGregor and now here we are.
With less than two weeks until the fight, the trash talk and buzz surrounding this fight could reach extraordinary levels, that's exciting.
What's funky about this match up is that McGregor is moving up another weight division to fight Diaz. After beating Jose Aldo at 145lbs (Featherweigh), McGregor was moving up to 155lbs (Lightweight) to fight dos Anjos for the Lightweight belt and to fight Diaz, McGregor will move up to the Welterweight division (155-170lbs).
This is a combination of a few things.
Diaz is taking the fight on late notice, thus cutting weight in a short time frame to get down to 155lbs would have been difficult.
McGregor simply doesn't care, hence he's all good with Diaz fighting where 'he's comfortable'.
The McGregor vs Diaz is going to pretty damn fun, both before and during the fight but a lot of my intrigue centres around McGregor's lofty ambitions to blur the lines between weight-classes.
We won't get to see McGregor move up to Lightweight, challenging to hold two belts at the same time.
We will get to see McGregor fight Diaz, who could be over 10lbs heavier than him.
Diaz doesn't give a fuck.
McGregor doesn't give a fuck.
Bring it on.