It appears as though UFC 200 is on the verge of getting its main event.
The UFC is close to finalizing a non-title welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for the July 9 card, MMAFighting.com has learned from multiple sources. If all goes as planned, the promotion is hoping to announce the fight shortly.
Earlier this month, Diaz defeated McGregor via second-round rear-naked choke in the main event of UFC 196. The fight, which was put together on just 11 days notice after McGregor's original opponent Rafael dos Anjos withdrew due to a foot injury, was a smashing business success for the UFC. It easily eclipsed one million pay-per-view buys and was the third-highest gate in the organization's history.
The loss marked McGregor's first in eight UFC fights, dropping his professional record to 19-3. Diaz, a nine-year veteran of the UFC, is now 19-10 and, most importantly, more popular than ever as a result of the win over McGregor on March 5.