On Saturday, March 5, the UFC will host UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In the night’s main event, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will move up to welterweight to take on former lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz. McGregor was originally slated to challenge lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but the Brazilian suffered a broken foot just two weeks before the event. McGregor was looking to hold both the featherweight and lightweight belts simultaneously following his 13-second destruction of Jose Aldo at UFC 194. For now, however, that goal will be on hold. The 30-year-old Diaz returned from a year-long layoff in December to best Michael Johnson at UFC on Fox 17. Prior to that, the Stockton, Calif., native dropped a decision to the aforementioned dos Anjos.
The co-main event features a women’s bantamweight title bout between champion Holly Holm and former title challenger Miesha Tate.
The 12-fight event kicks off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET with three fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts follow at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Above is live video of the event’s pre-fight press conference which kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 3 (courtesy of the UFC).
Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title
Gian Villante vs. Ilir Latifi
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Vitor Miranda vs. Marcelo Guimaraes
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas
Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara