It's already been said, not everyone is delighted with the prospect of McGregor vs Diaz headlining UFC 200. It was always going to be the money making fight that the top brass needed to see but that's not to say that fans have to be happy about it.
A non-title fight at the top of what is set to be the biggest card in the history of the promotion is certainly novel. But, business is business and the reality of the fight game is that belts and titles are secondary to the accomplishment of getting in a ring/octagon and beating your opponent. Titles are essentially window dressing around to which to build interest but if the interest is there anyway then the title is largely unnecessary.
Title or not, there's no one else in the roster to bring the kind of interest that McGregor does and if he wanted that rematch, then there was only one option open to the UFC matchmakers. So, to those that are sceptical, deal with it. But that's not to say that there's nothing else for fans to hope for.
The rematch against McGregor would sell in record numbers anyway but that's not to say that the UFC are going to rest on their laurels. Aldo vs Edgar for the interim featherweight title was announced last night and although many may have surmised that that would be the co-main event, it's now been confirmed that's not the case.
Dave Deibert of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported shortly after the official announcement last night that a UFC official had confirmed that Aldo/Edgar was not the co-main event, thus leaving open a fairly significant slot waiting to be filled.
Not only that, Dana White then reportedly text staff at the Postmedia network in Canada that 'when this card is finished being announced… minds will be blown'.
Obviously enough that's led to speculation about the possibility of the fights that would do justice to that co-main event slot. Judging by the current speculation it would seem that either we're going to see a rematch of Tate vs Holm or we'll be seeing Robbie Lawler back in action to defend his welterweight title.
Ideally, there might even be the possibility of seeing Georges St-Pierre's return but you'd have to think he may not be keen to slot in as a co-main event but nonetheless, it seems MMA fans can still dream about a couple of fantasy match-ups being added to the card before it's all signed sealed and delivered.