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UFC 196 ‘McGregor vs. Diaz’ event poster; updated fight card

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The show must go on. Instead of two major titles fights at UFC 196 on March 5th in Las Vegas we will now get one major title fight and a welterweight headliner between two of the most popular and polarizing figures in mixed martial arts today.

Below you’ll find the updated version of the UFC 196 card featuring Conor McGregor versus Nate Diaz as your new headliner. The women’s bantamweight tilt between current champ Holly Holm and former Strikeforce champ Miesha Tate will remain in the co-main event slot regardless of the new non title status of the main event. You’d have to go all the way back to UFC 51 to find the last time a UFC event featured a non title bout main eventing over a title bout. On that night back in 2005, Tito Ortiz beat Vitor Belfort via split decision after the interim heavyweight title and vacant middleweight title were on the line earlier on in the night.

Main Card (PPV – 10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight Main Event: Conor McGregor (19-2) vs. Nate Diaz (18-10)

Women’s Bantamweight Title Bout: Holly Holm (c) (10-0) vs. Miesha Tate (17-5)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Gian Villante (14-6) vs. Ilir Latifi (11-4)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Tom Lawlor (10-5) vs. Corey Anderson (7-1)

Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Amanda Nunes (11-4) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (12-1)

Preliminary Card (FS1 – 8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight Bout: Brandon Thatch (11-3) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-6-1)

Welterweight Bout: Erick Silva (18-6) vs. Nordine Taleb (11-3)

Middleweight Bout: Vitor Miranda (11-4) vs. Marcelo Guimaraes (9-1-1)

Featherweight Bout: Darren Elkins (19-5) vs. Chas Skelly (15-1)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass – start time TBA)

Lightweight Bout: Diego Sanchez (25-8) vs. Jim Miller (25-7)

Lightweight Bout: Justin Salas (12-6) vs. Jason Saggo (10-2)

Featherweight Bout: Julian Erosa (15-2) vs. Teruto Ishihara (7-2-2)

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