UFC announced tonight two main events for UFC 200 as well as a huge advance for UFC 198.
UFC Tonight released that Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz in a rematch at 170 pounds will headline UFC 200 on 7/9 in Las Vegas at the new T-Mobile Arena. On the show it was stated that Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and John Kavanagh, the coach of McGregor, all wanted the fight at 155, but said McGregor insisted on fighting at 170.
They also announced Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight title in another five round fight. McGregor has not been stripped of the title, but since he’s been inactive, they will have this fight and the winner will unify the title with McGregor at some point.
At least one more championship fight will be added to the show.
Other fights announced for UFC 200 are Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne in a heavyweight battle where the winner could get a title shot; Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez; Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson; Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum and Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi.
Tickets went on sale today for UFC 198, which takes place on 5/14 at the Arena de Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. The show, headlined by Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title had so much demand that ticket outlets crashed but already 38,000 tickets have been sold to the show. They are looking at a 45,000 capacity for the event.
The UFC 200 Card so far:
Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2
Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar for the Interim Featherweight Title
Travis Browne vs Cain Valesquez
Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez