While Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II was initially slated to headline UFC 200 on July 9th, McGregor was pulled from the event after refusing to fulfill his media obligations. To make up for the change, the UFC booked Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II and Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt for the main event and co-main event.
Recently, McGregor has been broken numerous UFC records, which has garnered numerous comparisons to Lesnar. Ahead of his return to the Octagon after nearly 5 years away, Lesnar was asked about the comparison during an ESPN appearance:
“There will never be another Brock Lesnar. You can make all the correlations you want to the people you just stated, but none of them have ever main-evented and sold pay-per-views and put asses in the seats like Brock Lesnar.
“There is nobody. That’s why this is happening.”
Lesnar also gave his thoughts on McGregor vs. Diaz II:
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“Nate is naturally a bigger guy. He’s just longer and heavy. I think both guys should be lightweights, but Nate is in that gray area between making the 155-pound cut and being too small for 170. He’s in that mid-zone.
“If there was a 160-pound weight class, that’d be perfect. So I do think it benefits Nate again. It helps him everywhere.”