Nate Diaz: Purse for UFC 202Written by Joseph Herron
Tonight, August 20, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, proficient UFC striker Nate Diaz will once again compete against controversial superstar and UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor at 170 pounds in the main event of UFC 202. The event will be available for purchase on UFC PPV for a cost of $49.99 in SD, and $59.99 HD.
The McGregor/Diaz rematch will headline the PPV portion of the bout sheet, which will go live at 10 PM ET. Additional cable coverage will include three bouts on "Fox Sports 1", beginning at 8 PM ET, with "UFC Fight Pass" featuring three more fights on an even earlier preliminary show starting at 6:30 PM ET.
Although a UFC championship won't be on the line, there will be a lot at stake for tonight's eventual winner and loser. Universal respect, headlining appeal, as well as overall market value are ultimately at risk in this scheduled 5 round special attraction.
The 6-foot puncher from Stockton, California, is coming off of a dramatic, upset victory over the popular Irish fighter, which took place this past March in the main event of UFC 196. After dropping the first round to McGregor, in the slated five round contest, Diaz shocked the overwhelming betting favorite by hurting him with a two-piece down the middle, then subsequently finishing him off with a rear choke submission midway through the second stanza.
The big victory not only earned the 31 year old fight veteran a great amount of long overdue respect from the UFC faithful, but also a well-deserved pay increase.
For this evening's efforts in the main event of UFC 202, Nate Diaz will make a guaranteed $2 million, which is much more than his overall purse for his first bout with McGregor in UFC 196. Because he was a last minute replacement for Lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos five months ago, Diaz only received a 33% share, $500K, of the overall main event purse. The hard working striker also received a $100K bonus for winning the first bout with McGregor.
Because Nate will make a much higher guarantee this evening, the customary UFC $100K winner's bonus will not be available to the eventual victor. But the often outspoken California native stands to make an undisclosed share of the PPV revenue beyond a threshold of 500K buys, which could earn him another projected $1 million in addition to his already impressive fight guarantee.
According to UFC Czar Dana White, negotiations for the McGregor/Diaz rematch were difficult because the unlikely winner at UFC 196 demanded a higher purse and also refused to fight at a lower weight limit. After much deliberation, Diaz ultimately had his druthers and was able to drastically increase his guaranteed payday, while securing his preferred 170 pound weight limit for tonight's headlining bout.
Despite winning their previous encounter this past March, the taller, rangier boxer/puncher will head into tonight's bout as the slight betting underdog. Will Nate Diaz once again prove the handicappers to be incorrect this evening by handing the popular Irish fighter his second consecutive loss?