On Saturday, March 5th, Conor McGregor won't be fighting Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt. Instead, the featherweight champion is headed up to welterweight for what should be a thrilling showdown with Nate Diaz in the UFC 196 main event at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. It's a great Plan B with the original RDA/Conor bout falling through, and we'll get to see Irish fans intermingle with Diaz fans in what will surely be a cordial, friendly get-together to watch some fisticuffs.
In the co-main event, Holly Holm makes her first defense of the women's bantamweight title, as she faces Miesha Tate. Rounding out the main card is #1 pound-for-pound legend Ilir Latifi against mere mortal Gian Villante, time-bending light heavyweight Corey "Beastin' 25/8" Anderson against Tom Lawlor, and women's bantamweight contenders Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko.
The preliminary card features the return of Brandon Thatch and Siyar Bahadurzada in the FS1 feature bout, plus Diego Sanchez vs. Jim Miller in a lightweight bout on Fight Pass.—Bloody Elbow