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A pair of rematches headline a UFC doubleheader this Saturday, November 19, as heads to Belfast, Northern Ireland for a second go at , while and clash in São Paulo, Brazil, six years after their initial booking.

And in honor of Saturday's double dose of mixed martial arts, we take a look at some of the UFC's greatest rematches.

UFC 202: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2

The - rivalry has become one of the UFC's hottest commodities.

With Diaz filling in for an injured on short notice at , McGregor accepted the welterweight bout, and ultimately suffered his only loss inside the Octagon, tapping out to a second-round rear-naked choke.

The fight, which sold an estimated 1.6-million pay per views, set up one of the greatest rematches in UFC history, as McGregor and Diaz returned to Las Vegas for .

With their disdain for on another already reaching epic proportions, McGregor and Diaz fanned the flames on their rival during the buildup to UFC 202, culminating in the, now infamous bottle throwing incident.

On August 20, 2016, McGregor got his shot at redemption winning majority decision after bout that is on the short list for Fight of the Year. The rematch was later heralded as the UFC's best selling pay per view of all time.

Immediately following McGregor's historic win, in which he captured his second UFC title, coach John Kavanagh began campaigning for a trilogy bout, this time at lightweight.

UFC 148: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2

The rematch between then-champion and was billed as the biggest rivalry in MMA history to date.

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With Silva taking the first fight via fifth-round triangle-armbar submission, Chael Sonnen was intent on settling the score, after dominating "The Spider" for the majority of their affair.

Sonnen, one of the greatest trash talkers to ever grace the promotion, verbally attacked Silva throughout the pre-fight buildup, berating everything from his family to his home country of Brazil. Unfortunately for the "American Gangster," Silva was unphased by the rhetoric, and capitalized on an ill-advised Sonnen spinning back fist before finishing the fight via second-round TKO.

UFC 204: Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 2

's UFC career is an incredible story of patience, determination and sheer talent. However, prior to winning the middleweight title over at , there was always one blemish on his resume that the English fighter wanted to right: the devastating highlight reel knockout he suffered at the hands of at .

The loss was a tough one to swallow, so for his for order as champion, Michael Bisping took on Henderson at , for the chance to avenge his most devastating loss and defend his title at the same time.

A back-and-forth affair, Bisping vs. Henderson 2 went the distance, with the champion retaining his belt and winning on all three judges' scorecards, despite the challenger connecting on several vicious knockdown punches.

UFC 189: Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2

Considered by many to be the greatest welterweight title fight of all time, the second pairing between and earned Fight of the Night honors at and was dubbed by many as the 2015 Fight of the Year.

Following their first booking at , a bout Lawler took by split decision, the pair was partnered for a second time, serving as the co-main event to McGregor's interim title fight against .

Both Lawler and MacDonald demonstrated sheer heart and warrior spirit throughout the contest. And with MacDonald up three rounds to one heading into the fifth, the two refused to break from a heated staredown following the fourth period.

In the fifth, Lawler came back to finish MacDonald via punches; the fight continues to be celebrated an all-time great.

UFC 168: Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 2

One of the greatest rivalries in WMMA, and first met inside the cage in 2012, with "Rowdy" claiming her first major mixed martial arts championship via first-round armbar.

Assuming she had put her foe behind her after the UFC absorbed the Strikeforce roster, Ronda Rousey was surprised to learn that Tate had earned a rematch at , after original opponent was forced from their bout with a torn ACL. The former UFC bantamweight champion learned of the second booking while filming the eighteen season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Much like their first bout, Rousey took the second contest via armbar, although Tate took the champion to the third round before tapping out.

Tate would eventually go one to claim the UFC title before dropping the belt at . She announced her retirement following a loss to .

Meanwhile, Rousey has been booked for her long-awaited comeback fight. She takes on at .

Upcoming Rematches

Beyond this weekend's doubleheader and these legendary rematches, the remainder of the 2016 UFC schedule features two other notable second bookings.

Light heavyweight champion will face in the main event. The pair previously fought at , with Cormier taking the title via third-round submission.

Former heavyweight champions and will meet for the second time, after Werdum finished Velasquez at . Their rematch is slated for the UFC 207 main card.

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