Let's try this again.
A rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is close to being finalized for UFC 202 on Aug. 20 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned.
(Update: The UFC officially announced the rematch during the UFC 199 pay-per-view telecast Saturday night.)
Both McGregor and Diaz have taken the UFC by storm since their fight at UFC 196, which Diaz won via second-round submission. Despite being put together on just 11 days' notice, the fight was a massive financial success for the UFC.
So much so, that they were booked again as the headliner for UFC 200. However, the fight was pulled from the card in April after McGregor refused to fly to Las Vegas from Iceland for promotional work. The UFC hoped to book Diaz against another opponent for UFC 200, however, Diaz made it clear that he was only interested in fighting McGregor.
After clearing the air with both McGregor and Diaz a couple of weeks ago, the UFC turned its attention to UFC 202, and now the rematch is close to being finalized.
The loss to Diaz 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.