On Tuesday night, UFC President Dana White made an appearance on SportsCenter to announce fan favorite Nate Diaz has officially been named McGregor’s new opponent at UFC 196 on March 7 in Las Vegas.

This announcement came after it was revealed McGregor’s original opponent, UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos had broken his foot in training camp, forcing him out of the superfight. Dos Anjos was scheduled to put his 155-pound on the line against McGregor in the night’s main event. If the brash talking Irishman had won, he would have become the UFC fight to hold two belts simultaneously.

As a result, of the short timing, the bout has been changed to a welterweight contest.

Diaz (18-10), winner of the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, is coming off an impressive decision win over Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17 in December. Following the victory, the Stockon native took to the mic and immediately called out McGregor, much to the delight of the FOX production team who were forced to censor the majority of the Diaz’s tirade.

“Conor McGregor, you’re taking everything I worked for, [expletive]. I’m going to fight your [expletive] [expletive],” said Diaz in December. “You know what’s the real fight, what the real money fight is. It’s me, not these clowns that you already punked at the press conference. Nobody wants to see that. You know you beat them already. That’s the easy fight. You want that real [expletive] right here.”

McGregor (18-2), the UFC featherweight champion, was last scene scoring a blistering 13-second knockout over former champion and pound-for-pound best Jose Aldo, snapping the Brazilian’s 15 fight win streak while earning the undisputed featherweight title in the process.

Prior to this record setting performance, the man known as “Notorious” earned the interim featherweight title with a second round TKO over Chad Mendes at UFC 189.  The brash talking Irishman has not tasted defeat since 2010 while earning 18 stoppage wins, including 17 by way of knockout.

UFC 196 is currently scheduled to take place March 7 in Las Vegas. A women’s bantamweight title fight between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate will also take place on the card.

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