Anticipation and hype turn into reality when Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz’s welterweight rematch headlines UFC 202 Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor seeks revenge against Diaz after he was choked out and suffered the first loss of his UFC career back in March, while there could be some jostling in the light heavyweight and welterweight divisions by the end of the night.
In the undercard, No. 1 ranked light heavyweight Anthony Johnson puts his two-match winning streak on the line against No. 2 contender Glover Teixeira, while No. 9 welterweight Rick Story battles with No. 14 Donald Cerrone for a shot at moving up the rankings.
McGregor vs. Diaz II was originally supposed to take place at UFC 200 last month, but the Irishman’s refusal to show up for a press conference resulted in its rescheduling.
Based off Wednesday’s press conference, neither Diaz nor McGregor can seem to wait much longer to climb into the octagon. McGregor at first showed up roughly 30 minutes late and Diaz chose to walk out rather than wait and pointed his middle finger at the featherweight champion, which eventually led to both fighters jawing and cursing at each other from a distance before. Diaz then threw a water bottle at the stage, and McGregor responded in kind.
It was an unfortunate display that ultimately ended with both fighters led out of the conference, and led to Teixeira's comment on the situation on why he and his opponent are in Las Vegas.
“People know me and Anthony Johnson, we both come to finish fights,” Teixeira said during an open workout Thursday to MMAJunkie.com. “You look at our fights, and you see (it). We’re both going to stay there, and we’re coming to finish the fight.
“We’re not here to talk and throw bottles at each other.”
After dropping two straight including his lone title shot two years ago, the 36-year-old Brazilian has strung together three successive victories to rejoin the top of the division, while Johnson also lost his singular title shot last year and seeks another.
Start Time: The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET, while the preliminary fights open at 8 p.m.; the early preliminaries start at 6:30 p.m.
Live Stream Info: UFC.com
Pay-Per-View: The even can be ordered by calling your cable or satellite television provider or by heading to UFC’s official site.