UFC 202 is coming together after former champion and cock-of-the-walk Conor McGregor effectively backed out of UFC 200 with his bold announcement of retirement, which lasted approximately 48 hours.
The high-stakes showdown between “The Notorious” Irishman and the gritty Mexican out of Stockton, California ended in surprising fashion, with the latter choking out the former mid-way into the second round. A rematch was immediately demanded by the majority of UFC fans, and it will officially go down on August 20
at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Here are three things that all mixed martial arts fight fans should know heading into this huge rematch. Fans can now find tickets for UFC 200
McGregor is Wagering All His Chips
The Featherweight, Lightweight and Welterweight born in the summer of 1988 in Dublin, Ireland absolutely dominated the ranks of mixed martial arts from the time he threw his hat into the octagon until the time that he was unceremoniously dispatched of at the hands of Nate Diaz.
The loss clearly rocked McGregor’s world, and the man who prides himself on seeing things from a realistic perspective clearly took a few steps back as pertaining to his confidence and ego. But the word is he’s been training like a maniac and is in the greatest fighting shape of his career a few months in advance of what has quickly become the biggest fight of his life.
All of his proverbial chips are anted to the center of the table for this fight, which is an incredibly admirable act for any fighter to stage. He has openly been quoted as saying that if he loses to Diaz once again, his entire career will be marred to the point of utter ruin.
Diaz Told You!!!
Nate Diaz has put the often overlooked and highly-gritty city of Stockton on the map since he wrapped his strong and wiry arms around the Irish throat of the man who previously proclaimed himself as utterly invincible.
This fight was initially set for UFC 200, and Diaz has proudly announced on social media formats that the UFC is still paying him for that hoped-for matchup that never came to be. But he vs C-Mac is now the headlining bout on a card at the newly-minted T-Mobile Arena. The venue is located just a few paces off South Las Vegas Boulevard, on the well-known and historic West Tropicana Avenue.
Other Main Card Fights
It was recently confirmed by the UFC that Hyun Gyu Lim will fight Sultan Alievin in a Welterweight bout pitting a talented South Korean who has lost two of his last three bouts against a feisty Russian who went 13-1 in his next martial arts career before getting knocked out by veteran Kenny Robertson in January 15 during his first UFC appearance.
Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki is the other big fight on the card – as of press time. Garbrandt is an extremely dangerous and confident fighter out of Ohio via Sacramento’s most famous gym, run by longtime local fighter Uriah Faber. Garbrandt beat the living hell out of Thomas Almeida on May 29, shocking everyone outside of Northern California and making the first negative scratch on the Brazilian fighters previously undefeated mark of 21-0.