The countdown to UFC 196: "McGregor vs. Diaz" is almost complete. In just a few short hours, the mixed martial arts (MMA) action will erupt inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, featuring the trash-talking Welterweight clash between Featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, against former 155-pound title challenger, Nate Diaz, in the pay-per-view (PPV) non-title main event.
The McGregor vs. Diaz headliner came to fruition after Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos was forced to withdraw from an all-champion showdown with "Notorious" because of a broken foot suffered in training just 10 days ago. The 170-pound bout is scheduled for five rounds of five minutes each.
If nothing else, it's an intriguing proposition for McGregor, who is jumping up two weight classes in an effort to prove that he is the best pound-for-pound mixed marital arts (MMA) fighter alive today.
The PPV co-main event features the first-ever title defense for women's Bantamweight champion Holly Holm, who is out to prove that she is no one-hit wonder after wrecking Ronda Rousey in Nov. 2015 to claim the belt. Holm will take on top-ranked contender Miesha Tate, who is a former champion under the Strikeforce banner.
That's not all.
In addition to the five-fight PPV main card, there is also a seven-fight "Prelims" undercard that will be split between UFC's online digital network, "Fight Pass," and its television broadcasting partner, Fox Sports 1.
Check out the complete UFC 196 line up below (All times ET):
UFC 196 PPV Main Event
170 lbs.: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
UFC 196 PPV Co-Main Event
135 lbs.: UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate
UFC 196 PPV Main Card:
205 lbs.: Gian Villante vs. Ilir Latifi
205 lbs.: Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
135 lbs.: Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
UFC 196 Fox Sports 1 "Prelims" Undercard (8 p.m.):
170 lbs.: Brandon Thatch vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
170 lbs.: Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
185 lbs.: Vitor Miranda vs. Marcelo Guimaraes
145 lbs.: Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
UFC 196 Fight Pass "Prelims" Undercard (6:30 p.m.):
155 lbs.: Diego Sanchez vs. Jim Miller
155 lbs.: Justin Salas vs. Jason Saggo
145 lbs.: Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara
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