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UFC 202 start time, TV schedule, who is fighting tonight at 'McGregor vs Diaz 2' in Las Vegas

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to Las Vegas, Nevada, tonight (Sat., Aug., 20, 2016) as T-Mobile Arena plays host to the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event that features a Welterweight rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. There's really no explanation needed as to how monumental this rematch is, as McGregor's hype train could completely fall off the tracks should he lose to Diaz for a second time. Plus, the way both of these men have been acting toward each other in the build up to this bout -- throwing bottles and death threats -- the PPV extravaganza could go on to obliterate all sales records for the promotion. At least according to company president Dana White. In addition, should Diaz go two-for-two against "Notorious," he can pretty much write his own ticket for the remainder of his Octagon career.

Lost in the "McGregor vs. Diaz 2" madness is a pretty good No. 1 contender eliminator match between two of the hardest-hitting Light Heavyweights in all the division, Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira, which will co-headline the event for a shot at Daniel Cormier' 205-pound strap. You can catch all the action LIVE with a PPV main card start time of 10 p.m. ET (for up-to-second UFC 202 results click here). Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of the PPV card in "Sin City:"

Who: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2
What: UFC 202
When: Sat., Aug. 20, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nevada.

How To Watch:

PPV main card at 10 p.m ET on PPV; FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" undercard at 8 p.m. ET; and UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" at 6:30 p.m. ET. Live UFC 202: Play-by-play coverage here.

What's Hot:

Diaz and McGregor have proven that no one can build up the anticipation or a fight like the duo can. Never in the history of the sport has there been a rematch more anticipated for a not-title bout. Heck, this Welterweight do-over rivals the anticipation for some of the best championship rematches in the history of the promotion.

What's Not:

Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry and Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi somehow made it onto the PPV main card over the likes of Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki and Neil Magney vs, Lorenz Larkin. Not sure why FOX Sports 1 and Fight Pass get to cherry-pick great bouts when fight fans have to cough up $50 to watch a PPV.

Original Card vs. Actual Card:

The original card was also going to feature an exciting Welterweight matchup between Carlos Condit taking on submission wizard Demian Maia. But, since UFC on FOX 21 needed a main event, and bad, the promotion decided to pull the fight from UFC 202 and give it headlining duties the Fox-televised on Aug. 27, 2016.

New Blood:

Sabah Homasi will look to wow in his first-ever fight inside the Octagon as he faces Tim Means in main card action, while Chris Avila will look to set the pace for the Diaz camp early when he faces Team McGregor's Artem Lobov.


Sabah Homasi stepped in to face Tim Means after "Dirty Bird's" original opponent, Sean Strickland, pulled with a knee injury.

How The "Prelims" Look:

Thanks to a rather odd fight order, the "Prelims" look good, as Team McGregor's Lobov will face off Against Team Diaz's Chris Avila in undercard action, Plus, Neil Magney will look to get an all-important win against Lorenz Larkin. Plus, Cody Garbrandt will look to keep his streak going when he faces Mizugaki.

Who needs a win badly:

This portion is typically reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. However, in this case we can make an exception.

It's no secret that McGregor needs the biggest win out of all fighters competing, losing two fights in a row to the same man, no less, will likely put a big dent in his stardom. Sure, he still has the Featherweight division to run back to, but losing a rematch he clamored for against a man who has yet to hold a UFC title could send the Irishman tumbling down.

Interest level: 9/10.

The main event alone is must-watch television, but when you add into the mix a contender's fight between Teixiera and Johnson, as well as a welterweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Rick Story to the mix, and UFC 202 promises to be one of the biggest events of the year.

Full Fight Card:

UFC 202 PPV Main Event:

170 lbs.: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor

UFC 202 PPV Co-Main Event:

205 lbs.: Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira

UFC 202 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
170 lbs.: Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry
170 lbs.: Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi

UFC 202 "Prelims" on FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):

135 lbs.: Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki
135 lbs.: Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips
145 lbs.: Chris Avila vs. Artem Lobov
135 lbs.: Randa Markos vs. Cortney Casey

UFC 202 "Prelims" on UFC Fight Pass (6 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin
170 lbs.: Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin
185 lbs.: Alberto Uda vs. Marvin Vettori

For much more on the upcoming UFC 202 PPV extravaganza click here.

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