Nate Diaz confirmed as Conor McGregor's opponent at UFC 196

The fight is to take place at 170 pounds

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The UFC have confirmed that Conor McGregor is to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 196 next month.

McGregor was originally scheduled to fight Rafael dos Anjos in a Lightweight title fight, but he is to move up yet another weight and fight Diaz at 170 pounds.

Diaz last fought in December and was quick to call out McGregor in the aftermath. He will get his wish on March 5th. 

The fight is the first in the UFC since 2005 that will headline an event that also has a title fight on the card. On that occasion, Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfort met in the main event of UFC 51. That card also included two title fights. 

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani revealed overnight that the UFC wanted the fight at a catchweight but McGregor was insistent on the fight happening at Welterweight.