UFC 200 has officially booked two huge fights at the top of the card asConor McGregor will face Nate Diaz in the main event and Frankie Edgar battles Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight title on July 9 in Las Vegas.
The announcement was made via “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday. The rematch between McGregor and Diaz will also take place at 170 pounds.
The long-rumored rematch between McGregor and Diaz happens just a few months after their first fight broke pay-per-view records at UFC 196 in early March.
Diaz submitted McGregor with a second-round rear-naked choke to hand the Irishman his first loss in the UFC.
Almost immediately afterwards, rumors started circulating that a rematch was in the works and now McGregor will attempt to avenge his previous loss to Diaz when they meet at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
With McGregor tied up in a second fight with Diaz, the featherweight division will now crown an interim champion on the same night at UFC 200.
Edgar, who is widely considered the top-ranked contender in the division, will face former champion Jose Aldo with the winner walking away as the new interim king at 145 pounds.
Edgar actually fell to Aldo in a close decision in his first fight at featherweight back in 2013 but since that time the former lightweight champion has won five fights in a row to position himself atop the division.
Aldo will return to action for the first time since losing to McGregor at UFC 194, which was the first time he suffered a loss in nearly a decade. Now Aldo will attempt to earn a rematch with McGregor while wrapping a title back around his waist at the same time.
The UFC also confirmed these fights for UFC 200:
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi
Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
UFC 200 is expected to feature multiple title fights, so Aldo vs. Edgar 2 is not necessarily the co-main event on the card but it will take place on what will be a massive card in July.