Conor Mcgregor Let's It Be Known That He Wants A Fight With Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather Said Fight Is "Possible" To Fight Hype. #SUBSCRIBE.
McGregor, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's 145-pound champion, agreed on short notice to fight replacement opponent Nate Diaz at the 170-pound welterweight limit after 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos withdrew last week because of a foot injury.
McGregor (19-2) weighed in at 168 pounds, with former lightweight title challenger Diaz at 169, before Saturday night's UFC 196 main event at MGM Grand.
Since knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 Seconds the world has been buzzing about McGregor.
"Weight should never be an issue," Ireland's McGregor said after stepping off the scale. "Champions should be able to go up and down and fight any challenge that comes before them. So I'm looking forward to going in there [Saturday] night fresh and put on a show for the fans, because I always step up for the fans."
In the co-main event, women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm will make her first title defense against repeat contender Miesha Tate. Holm weighed 134 1/2 pounds to Tate's 135 — right on the limit.
Holm (10-0) is defending the belt she took in November in a huge upset by ending Ronda Rousey's unbeaten reign with a second-round knockout by head kick in Australia.
Second-ranked contender Tate (17-5), with four consecutive victories since her late-2013 loss to Rousey, presents an experienced, well-rounded foe for Holm, a former boxing world champion.
"A whole new training camp, whole new nerves, a whole new fight, whole new work in progress," Holm said. "November's fight was back in November. I've got to be ready for [Saturday], so I'm ready."
Holm is a minus-300 favorite over Tate at MGM Resorts' Race and Sports Book.
McGregor's eagerness to fight at the weight he typically trains at is a bold stroke by a 27-year-old looking to further boost his reputation as someone who will fight anybody anywhere. In December, he ended the 10-year unbeaten run of Brazil's Jose Aldo to claim the featherweight belt in a 13-second knockout.
This Saturday's UFC 196 isn't just about Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz and Holly Holm vs Miesha Tate. Here's a look at other great fights on card, including Amanda Nunes-Valentina Shevchenko, Brandon Thatch-Siyar Bahadurzada and Erick Silva-Nordine Taleb.
McGregor said Thursday he wanted to personally tear down the Floyd Mayweather Jr. sign hanging on the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino because he has surpassed Mayweather as the most popular fighter in the building
Mayweather & McGregor have been hot in the news because of Mayweather's comments about Boxing/MMA And Racism in combat sports.
Floyd Mayweather retired 49-0, after beating fighters such as Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar Delahoya, Shane Mosley, & Many More Hall Of Famers. Floyd Mayweather, by some, is seen as the greatest boxer of all time. Holly Holm Agrees to this testament.