When the news broke that Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz would have a rematch at UFC 200, the most surprising news to fans was the decision to fight at welterweight once again.
After all, neither McGregor nor Diaz are natural welterweights, with both of them spending the majority of their respective careers at lower weight classes.
Since the announcement, there's been a bit of confusion as to who had the final say over what weight division the pair would fight in. Dana White insisted that McGregor was obsessed with the idea of fighting Diaz at 170lbs, yet Coach Kavanagh stated on twitter that it was the UFC who insisted on 170lbs, not them.
In fact, Kavanagh was actually supporting a lightweight bout for the rematch but conceded that a few extra pounds wouldn't be a deciding factor.
Now it seems we've finally had some concrete clarification.
Audie Attar, Mcgregor's manager, said that the Notorious one did indeed ask for the rematch to be at 170lbs but following advice from his coach and team the champ then had second thoughts.
Attar revealed at a UFC 199 media day:
At the 11th hour, before we signed the bout agreement, [McGregor] said, ‘Look, I’m hearing everybody. If everybody wants to do 155, fine. Let’s do 155.
The contract was already written at 170. And so, in Conor’s defense, he really didn’t give two sh*ts. He really wanted it at 170, because he wanted to prove he could beat him there.
Unfortunately for the Irishman, the contract was already written at 170lbs meaning that there was no turning back. Even if McGregor wanted the fight to be at 155lbs it would have meant further contract negotiations and possibly missing the UFC 200 deadline.
Conor McGregor will get the chance to avenge the only loss of his UFC career on July 9 at the MGM Grand Arena. A milestone in the promotions history, the two hundredth event features a stacked card, with Miesha Tate recently announced to make her first title defence against Amanda Nunes.