We have a savior! The Diaz brothers never cease to amaze. Always ready for a fight and ever eager to BRING IT. Nate Diaz fills Dos Anjos’s spot on short notice for a non-title fight (bummer) against the Mystical Conor McGregor. But before that could happen Dana White approached a few other fighters he thought would make sense:
“We figured this would be the most exciting fight,” White said. It’s the fight that Conor really wanted. A lot of people wanted to fight Conor McGregor, but Diaz wanted the fight and we figured this was the fight to make and the fight that the fans wanted to see.
“We called Jose Aldo, Jose Aldo turned the fight down,” White said. “We called Frankie Edgar, Frankie Edgar turned the fight down. We called ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, (and he) absolutely accepted the fight – would love to take the fight. B.J. Penn said he wanted the fight. A lot of guys wanted this fight, but we ended up with Nate Diaz. We felt this was the fight to make and the fight the fans wanted to see.”
Lightweight Champ Rafael Dos Anjos had to pull out of the fight due to a broken foot suffered during training jeopardizing one of the biggest and most anticipated super-fight of our time. Good thing we have fighters like Nate with the cojones to step up when needed.