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Maybe he's a bit too optimistic, but Dana White isn't giving up on the idea of having Nate Diaz at UFC 200.

Diaz was originally supposed to appear as the event's headliner, taking on Conor McGregor in a rematch. However, after Conor butted heads with the UFC, the match was scrapped.

At the UFC 200 press conference that followed, Dana White offered to find a new opponent for Nate, but the Stockton-based fighter just wasn't interested.

"If that [fight] ain't gonna happen, I'm going on vacation," Nate told reporters.

Despite that pretty definitive remark, Dana White is not giving up on the possibility of bringing Nate to Vegas for UFC 200:

We're going to offer him some fights and see what he wants to do. It sounded like he wanted Conor and only Conor at the press conference but we gave him the opportunity to come. I didn't want to rip him off of the opportunity to fight at 200 if he wanted.

Dana White has previously stated that there will be at least a couple more fights to be announced for UFC 200, so there is technically still room on the card for Nate Diaz.

UFC 200 will take place on July 9 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

(via MMAFighting)