Well it is finally official. Fight fans are going to get an immediate rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor at welterweight, and an interim featherweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo at UFC 200, which takes place July 9th in Las Vegas.
To say that I understand this decision would be a total lie. Not that I did not think these two would eventually rematch, but I did not expect it to be so soon. Perhaps this was Conor’s idea who, after suffering his first loss within the UFC to Nate Diaz, wanted to avenge his defeat quickly before continuing on with his career.
I feel as though there is no need to go through this again in back to back bouts, but at this stage in McGregor’s career, if he wants to make it happen, he can make it happen. Personally, despite the fact the McGregor is a massive draw, I feel as though if you lose, you should not be able to call the shots anymore.
If this happened to any other fighter, Dana White, who is the president of the UFC, would force them to drop down in weight and defend their belt. Now, with that being said, the UFC has also announced that Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo will fight for the interim featherweight title. I would have liked to have seen McGregor fight one of these two, but with the official news the Conor will fight Nate, this is the next best option.
Aldo and Edgar have fought once before in 2013 at 145 pounds, with Aldo pulling out the decision win. Since that time, Aldo has lost his belt to Conor McGregor, and Frankie has continued to string wins together to earn the number two featherweight ranking. With McGregor once again fighting outside of his weight class, this was the best fight to make, with the winner earning a shot at McGregor in their next bout.
However, this is the fight we are getting, so we might as well enjoy it. The last time these two met it was an exciting affair with back and forth action that eventually led to a Nate Diaz submission win. With these two scheduled to fight within the same weight class, (170 pounds, or welterweight) it would be hard to not pick Nate once again, especially since Nate will now be able to have a full training camp. With that being said, Conor will too have a full training camp at 170, but Nate is simply the bigger man, and for that reason I would give the edge to Nate Diaz.
With UFC 200 now scheduled to have multiple title fights and/ or super fights, it is also a bit strange to see that McGregor vs Diaz will headline the bout, especially when considering that Aldo vs Edgar will be a match in which a belt is on the line. That being said, McGregor is still the biggest draw in the UFC, and so it would be shocking to not have the fight poster of UFC 200 labeled with the title, “McGregor vs Diaz 2”.
All in all, UFC 200 is shaping up to be a tremendous night of fights, with fighters such as McGregor, Diaz, Edgar, Aldo, Velasquez, Browne, Sanchez, and even Massachusetts’s own Joe Lauzon. With this amount of talent already announced for the card, I do not think it is a stretch to say that UFC 200 will be the event of the year.
By Jake Cianci