BLOOD WILL SPILL
By Jack Wellington
ANYTIME. ANY WEIGHT. ANYWHERE REMATCH
UFC 202: DIAZ vs MCGREGOR 2
Irish spitfire fighter, Conor McGregor, has spouted controversy, as one of the biggest shit-talkers in the MMA.
No matter what the subject—a firestorm follows the path of this feisty fighter from Dublin. Whether it’s his retirement, arguments with UFC President Dana White, or even brazenly posing nude for ESPN’s Body Issue 2016.
THE IRISHMAN IS SILENCED—BUT FOR A MINUTE
With a series of 15 straight wins, an overzealously confident featherweight champion, McGregor, elected to move up to the welterweight division to fight against late replacement Nate Diaz at the UFC 196 main event this past March. McGregor amped up in weight, then heavily bloodied Diaz in what was initially an exciting back-and-forth battle. The Dubliner’s early lead was taken over in the second round, with Diaz finishing the bout in victory with a rear naked choke.
Readying for his rematch against Nate Diaz, McGregor has remained a steady 170-lbs and prepared for a rematch that was scheduled for UFC 200—but McGregor didn’t play nicely when it came to doing his end of promo for the league. The fight was scratched when he refused to fly to Vegas from Iceland for promotional work. More spewing ensued, with McGregor’s enormous ego demanding respect when he spouted to White: “I feel I carried 2015 on my back. I feel like the reason there’s a $4.2 billion price tag on the company is because of me. I believe that’s what the Chinese estimate my net worth at: $4.2 billion.” Whether the price tag is accurate or not, McGregor was the top draw, along with Rhonda Rousey for 2015.
With McGregor hungry for redemption and Diaz ready to silence “The Notorious” one once and for all, the two fighters hammered out a deal with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC President Dana White. It’s about the money, after all. And so a rematch was scheduled: UFC 220 on Aug. 20, 2016, to take place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Stockton, Californian, Diaz, has won three of his last four octagonal fights at the age of 31 and at 170 and 155 pounds. Dublin’s McGregor will be fighting at the age of 28.
As far as ticket prices go, fights have always been sky-high, but this figure really prompted publication: Starting prices begin at $58 (sounds reasonable), and a top ticket price of $18,884?! (Yep, you read that right!) That one-and-only ticket offered, as we go to print, will get you a front row seat in Suite 3.
Think I’ll make me some popcorn and enjoy my view from the comfort of my couch and order it up on Pay-Per-View.