ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

With just ten days to go until UFC 196, lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos dropped out of his title fight match-up against featherweight champ Conor McGregor.

Given McGregor is arguably one of the biggest draws in MMA today, this left the UFC in the awkward position of trying to find an extremely last minute opponent to save the much-hyped PPV event.

Luckily, it seems they've found their man.

#5 ranked lightweight Nate Diaz has accepted the opportunity to step up and take the bout. The catch? As Diaz will not have time to cut weight down to 155, the fight will instead take place at 170 lbs.

Diaz is not ranked at welterweight, and this fight will not feature any title on the line. That being said, it does feel oddly appropriate given Diaz has been talking smack about McGregor since the former's last victory at a UFC Fight Night in December.

"He talks all that money fight s--t, he knows where it's at. It's right here," Diaz said back in December. "It's not these guys fighting in the main event. The main event's right here. These guys already got punked out at that press conference. He already beat them. That's a win.

"If he wants to fight a real fight, he knows where's it at, he knows where the money fight's at. It's right here."

Challenge accepted.

UFC 196 will take place on March 5, and will also feature a women's bantamweight title fight between champion Holly Holm and challenger Miesha Tate.


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