Aug. 20 is the date for the highly-anticipated rematch between two UFC superstars, as Nate Diaz looks to repeat his March win over Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The bout, which was originally scheduled for UFC 200 on July 9, was announced on the UFC 199 Pay-Per-View broadcast Saturday night.
The rematch is coming! #UFC202: @NateDiaz209 vs @TheNotoriousMMA 2 8/20/16 https://t.co/1tv9SG2JQX
— UFC (@ufc) June 5, 2016
Earlier this year, an injury suffered by lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos prompted a switch to the UFC 196 main event, with featherweight champion McGregor electing to move up to the welterweight division to face late replacement Diaz. What resulted was an exciting back-and-forth battle that saw Ireland's McGregor race out to an early lead before a bloodied Diaz roared back and finished the bout in the second round via rear naked choke. After the first loss of his UFC career, McGregor is hungry for redemption, while Diaz aims to close the book on his rivalry with "The Notorious" one with the entire world watching on August 20.
A proud native of Stockton, California, former Ultimate Fighter winner Diaz, 31, has long been a fan favorite thanks to his exciting style and take no prisoners attitude. An Octagon success at 170 and 155 pounds, Diaz has won three of his last four, and with a second victory over McGregor, the MMA world will be his for the taking.
Dublin's McGregor, 27, has captivated the mixed martial arts world since his UFC debut in 2013, and he ran off seven consecutive victories en route to the undisputed featherweight crown, which he won last December by knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. Now eager to settle the score with Diaz, McGregor gets his chance to get even this summer.
Stay tuned to UFC.com for ticket on-sale dates and more fight card announcements.