Although nothing official has been announced, recently MMA Fighting reported that the UFC is looking at booking Diaz – McGregor II for UFC 200 on July 9th. The report surprised more than a few folks, since after McGregor was submitted by Diaz at UFC 196, he said he intended to defend the 145 belt next.
Immediately after the loss, McGregor also admitted that he miscalculated how his power would play out, in terms of fighting bigger men. The bout with Diaz was fought at 170 pounds. As a result, McGregor boosters and others have argued that a second fight with Diaz would go differently.
Well, Mr. Diaz appeared on the latest “UFC Tonight“, and he had this to say about a rematch (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“I didn’t have a training camp for the fight. I always pay attention, but didn’t have time to get ready for this. My timing wasn’t right. Nothing surprised me that he did. Every shot he threw, I saw it coming. Experience comes in to play. I’m always ready to fight five rounds with anybody. Tomorrow I’ll do five rounds. Depending on what kind of shape determines my pace.”
Now sure, McGregor could go out there in the second meeting, use his energy more efficiently, and put Diaz away. But the latter raises some compelling questions as well. Having now faced McGregor before, perhaps the champ will have more difficulties tagging Diaz with his big left. Maybe Diaz, in turn, will be to land some heavy shots earlier on? Or maybe not?
Diaz also noted during the segment that he wants the rematch, if it happens, to take place at 155. The report from MMA Fighting relayed that the bout would be contested at 170 again.