So much for Conor McGregor’s return to the featherweight division.
A source close to the organization confirmed multiple media reports indicating the Ultimate Fighting Championship is in talks with the 145-champion to rematch Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout at UFC 200 on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Diaz submitted McGregor late in the second round of a 170-pound nontitle bout on March 5 at MGM Grand Garden after Diaz stepped in on less than two weeks to replace Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC 196.
It was the first loss of McGregor’s UFC career and snapped a 15-fight win streak overall.
After the fight, all indications from both the UFC and McGregor were that he planned return back to the featherweight division to defend the belt against either Frankie Edgar or former champ Jose Aldo. Instead, McGregor may opt to seek redemption against Diaz.
UFC 196 is believed to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events in UFC history, though the company doesn’t release exact numbers. It did a live gate of $8.1 million, the third-highest figure in UFC history.
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