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FIGHT CLUB | Jan 12

McGregor and Diaz Could Headline the Biggest Card in UFC’s History

Two of the Biggest Stars of the UFC Could Be Looking For an Epic Trilogy in UFC 300

Two of the Biggest Stars of the UFC Could Be Looking For an Epic Trilogy in UFC 300
Nate Diaz of the United States fights against Jorge Masvidal | Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance 🤓

Despite the increasing popularity of the UFC, it currently lacks the same level of star power…

Dana White, the CEO of UFC, has pledged to present an extraordinary fight card in Las Vegas on April 13th to commemorate the company’s 300th pay-per-view event.

Naturally, UFC rumors on a potential main event and the main card contests that surround said main event have been at the forefront of MMA journalists and fans’ minds. Simply because Dana White has yet to deliver any fight announcements that have made us say “wow.”

Now, the latest UFC news is jumping onto McGregor vs. Diaz III, potentially headlining UFC 300, and I’m here to deliver the bad news. But first, let’s look at why every media outlet is clickbaiting us into believing this bout could occur.

Following his boxing bout with Jake Paul, Nate Diaz has shown a keen inclination to return to the world of mixed martial arts. The Stockton representative recently utilized social media to disclose that he originally intended to participate in the headline bout of UFC 200. Nevertheless, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes primarily led the Pay-Per-View event. However, Diaz has said he may be open to headlining the April event, prompting speculation about his potential opponent for UFC 300.

UFC 300: McGregor vs. Diaz III, Unlikely…

Although the Irishman claimed that he would be returning at UFC 302 and fight Michael Chandler during International Fight Week, the desire for UFC 300 to provide the countless super fights witnessed at previous UFC landmark events is causing fans to believe there is still a chance that he and Nate Diaz could fight for a third time in April.

Sure, it’s possible, but let’s cut the bullsh*t: why would the UFC use McGregor at UFC 300 – an event that’s already tipped to break PPV records – when they can focus a separate event entirely on the return of the former two-division Irish champion?

UFC 299 is already expected to draw huge PPV numbers, UFC 300 is promoted as the biggest event in UFC history, and a fight card with McGregor headlining later in the year could potentially give the promotion three MASSIVE events on the 2024 calendar.

UFC 300 Cannot Compete With UFC 200

Concern amongst the UFC fan base regarding the UFC 300 line-up continues to grow, but I think it’s time for a reality check.

Jon Jones, McGregor, Diaz, Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic, Michael Bisping, and Brock Lesnar all competed in the leading MMA promotion in 2016. Despite the increasing popularity of the UFC, it currently lacks the same level of star power it had during the time of UFC 200.

The sooner we accept that star power is currently lacking and some of the company’s biggest draws – O’Malley, Makhachev, Volkanovski, Jones – have scheduling conflicts or injuries, the more we’ll appreciate UFC 300 whatever it provides.

While UFC 300 may not provide top-to-bottom superstars, it’s still going to be stacked with incredible talent, and it’ll certainly be absent from any prelim-filler UFC fights.

Just look at what’s scheduled for UFC 300 thus far…

  • Weili Zhang vs. Xiaonan Yan
  • Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan
  • Calvin Kattar vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Bo Nickal vs. Cody Brundage
  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt

 

Six current or former champions have already been scheduled, and the remaining six are either top-ten-ranked fighters or rising stars. We have three former champions/legends of the sport on the Preliminary card, and we can expect at least another six fight announcements.

So, while the MMA fan base gets their panties in a twist over Dana White’s UFC 300 fight announcements, consider the roster and the current landscape before crying over an event that’s looking pretty dope to me.

As for Nate Diaz, don’t get your hopes up about a McGregor trilogy; however, I wouldn’t be surprised if they found Stockton’s finest another opponent…

I know one man who could shut the mouths of everyone; he goes by the name of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Javier Mendez recently said, “Khabib is always in the training room, but he only trains with me when he’s preparing for a fight,” and guess who’s been training directly with Mendez recently… food for thought!

Speculate away, my friends!


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