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UFC 196: Nate Diaz wants 'Ninja vs. Ninja' fight against Conor McGregor

As far back as UFC on FOX 17 last December, Nate Diaz has already been preparing himself to face Conor McGregor.

After a convincing victory at UFC on FOX 17 against Michael Johnson last December, Nate Diaz wanted nothing but a fight against Conor McGregor.

Diaz campaigned for it through a profanity-laced rant during his Octagon interview with Joe Rogan, then spoke about it again in detail in another post-fight one-on-one with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.

"He thinks he’s the ninja? I’m the ninja. American ninja, real motherf*****g ninja," Diaz said. "This ninja martial artist right here. I started that sh*t. That sh*t came with Stockton with us, me and my team."

"American ninja, Irish ninja, represent your sh*t, homeboy. I’m right here. United States. We can bring that sh*t on. Fight."

He did get what he was clamoring for when lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos suffered a broken foot and pulled out of the fight on Tuesday. Many other fighters such as Urijah Faber and Donald Cerrone also lined themselves up for a crack at "The Notorious", but it was Diaz who got the final call.

And as stipulated by UFC management, the said UFC 196 headliner will be a non-title welterweight bout.