It confirmed to FOX Sports on Friday that verbal agreements are in place for the fight but bout agreements have not been issued yet. It was initially reported by MMAFighting.com.
Nothing is official, until both fighters officially sign, but all signs are pointing toward the UFC making an announcement on the bout in the very near future.
Rafael dos Anjos, Lightweight champion is not happy with the reported main event of UFC 200, a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. He called out both fighters on Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.
@UFCONFOX Mcgregor vs Diaz 2 make no sense, I would beat theses 2 guys on the same night
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) March 18, 2016
Few weeks ago, McGregor fell to Diaz by rear naked choke in the second round at UFC 196, and appeared after the fight that the Irishman was going to return to featherweight for his next bout and defend his 145-pound title. But several days ago the attention shifted to a rematch.
Obviously, money played a part in the negotiations with McGregor and Diaz both getting pay-per-view points that would be paid out depending on the success of the show. Both will share in the PPV profits for UFC 200 as well once final numbers are decided and bout agreements are issued for the fight.
Dana White, UFC president stated following the conclusion of the last McGregor-Diaz fight that the pay-per-view drew approximately 1.5 million buys, made it the biggest show in promotion history.
McGregor and Diaz are expected to serve as the main event with at least one or possibly two title fights also taking place on the historic UFC 200 card.
Another rumored bouts currently expected for the July card include Cain Velasquez, former heavyweight champion against Travis Browne and Gegard Mousasi facing Derek Brunson.