UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and fierce rival Nate Diaz will clash again at UFC 202. The two shared an intense feud heading in to their first fight at UFC 196, but it was Diaz who shocked the world on March 5.
Nate Diaz took out the UFC’s biggest earner when he topped Conor McGregor at UFC 196. He also followed up with a number of crazy interviews. In one TV appearance Diaz even claimed the UFC was hoping to set up McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre.
The story behind the Stockton bad boy’s rematch with ‘The Notorious’ is a simple one; The Irish star couldn’t swallow the loss and just move back down to featherweight and his employers had a huge incentive to grant him another crack at Diaz.
Money is the main motivator. Where the UFC might have denied a lesser draw’s request after being handled and submitted, McGregor’s monetary value allows him some limited breaks in negotiations.
What Nate Diaz has also made very clear since his big time win is his mistreatment by the UFC. UFC president Dana White famously stormed out of a meeting with Diaz in Stockton, reportedly over Diaz’s request to make a bigger purse than McGregor at UFC 202.
So as August 20 rapidly approaches, how are the UFC treating Diaz now?