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Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2 Announced as UFC 200 Main Event

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5:   (L-R) Conor McGregor punches Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2016

Ultimate Fighting Championship stars Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will meet again in their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 200.

UFC Tonight announced McGregor and Diaz will fight in the UFC 200 main event at 170 pounds.

On March 18, Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported the two would clash once again in a nontitle welterweight fight, which would hand The Notorious his chance at redeeming himself following a shock second-round defeat to Diaz at UFC 196.

"I'm ready to go again. I had a great time. It was a good fight, a hell of a fight. I look forward to coming back with a vengeance," the beaten Irishman told TMZ on March 14 (h/t David St. Martin of MMA Fighting).

McGregor added:

I think I'd like to see that, yea? I mean, it's one that interests me, most certainly. You know, when I look at the fight, I was winning the fight. I won the first round and a half, I feel. I'd love to get that one back. We'll see how it goes. Money talks. Life is good.

Having lost his duel with Diaz at 170 pounds, the general consensus was that McGregor would move back closer to featherweight, where he stills reigns as champion.

However, it appears he's ready to ignore a potential rematch opposite Jose Aldo, whom he knocked out after 13 seconds at UFC 194, as well as Frankie Edgar, who has actively been chasing a date opposite the Irishman (Warning: Tweet may contain NSFW language):

Redemption against Diaz seems to ride as the highest priority in McGregor's mind, and the report that this bout will again come at welterweight shows the 27-year-old is determined to embrace his heavier frame.

Diaz appeared at the UFC 196 post-fight press conference sporting a selection of scars earned during the biggest win of his career but insisted the jump in weight had nothing to with McGregor's loss, per Spanish daily AS:

For The Notorious, the rematch will be about little other than revenge as he tries to prove to the mixed martial arts world that he is indeed good enough to succeed in the higher weight class.

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