“You have to understand, there’s a segment of people that want to come in and see a Diaz-McGregor throwdown and then there’s a segment of people that want to see, can Conor McGregor win this title against a guy who destroyed [Benson] Henderson, destroyed [Anthony] Pettis, destroyed [Donald] Cerrone?”
“I’m going to work on those things”.
“Two totally different fights”, White said. Holm will face Miesha Tate.
The Notorious was originally slated to square it off with UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event of UFC 196, but the Brazilian withdrew two weeks before the fight due to a foot injury. Read on to find out some useful facts about the big fight night! This would be the first time that a fighter will draw a seven-figure amount in the history of the UFC.
Not only are both incredibly good at selling a fight-we’ve seen that with a wild array of trash talk and scuffles over the last week-but both are good at living up to the hype.
The appetiser is provided by a pair of light-heavyweight contests – Gian Villante v Ilir Lafiti and Corey Anderson v Tom Lawlor – plus Amanda Nunes v Valentina Shevchenko, also in the women’s bantamweight division.
The festivities get underway at 6:30 p.m. with three cards on UFC’s online Fight Pass service, followed by prelim fights on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. The pay-per-view gets started at 10.
Where are the fights taking place?
UFC welterweight Conor McGregor reacts to the fans during the UFC 196 weigh ins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, March 4, 2016.
McGregor will scoop many millions for tonight’s fight thanks to his cut of pay-per-views but it is the fee of $1m just for fighting that is record breaking.
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, McGregor will be drawing a disclosed purse of $1 million in his fight with Diaz. Not bad for a night’s work! Meanwhile, women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm defends her title against Miesha Tate.
Diaz comes into this fight not having been able to participate in a full training camp, as didn’t get to sign for the fight until February 23rd. In the main event Conor will do well to finish off his scrappy opponent early and avoid getting caught in a wrestling match with Nate, who boasts far superior skills in that department. McGregor by first round knockout.
The UFC 196 main card and main event fights begins sometime after 10 pm EST / 7 pm PST depending on how long the other four main card fights take, so plan your TV viewing accordingly. Sound off your predictions below!