Dana White: Conor McGregor Pulled From UFC 200, Because He Wouldn’t Attend Press Conference
MMA Fighting – Conor McGregor may or may not be retired. But, either way, he won’t be fighting at UFC 200.
UFC president Dana White announced Tuesday on ESPN’s SportsCenter that McGregor has been pulled from the marquee card because he refused to come to Las Vegas this week to promote the fight. A press conference, the filming of a commercial and other marketing spots were scheduled, White said. The news comes on the heels of a cryptic tweet about retiring young from McGregor earlier Tuesday.
“Obviously we still have a good relationship with Conor,” White said. “I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can’t decide not to show up to these things. You have to do it.”
White said McGregor didn’t want to come to the press conference, because he was in Iceland training and didn’t want to ruin his preparation for the fight with Nate Diaz on July 9 in Las Vegas. White added that only McGregor knows for sure if he is really retired.
“Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial or be a part of any of the marketing we have,” White said. “He’s in Iceland training and that’s not possible.”
Now, though, it appears that McGregor won’t be fighting after all. White said Diaz is flying into Las Vegas on Tuesday and they will discuss a new opponent. White said there would also be another fight added to the UFC 200 bill in addition to that.
Okay, so I heard Conor wanted more money for the fight too. I am not sure if that is true but I read something that said he demanded 10 million dollars and the UFC said no. I can’t see the UFC pulling him off UFC 200 because he wanted to skip a press conference. He pays their bills so there has to be something more to the story. The only hardline I can see Dana White taking would be in terms of money. If they do not feel like Conor is worth 10 million dollars a fight, he is not getting 10 million dollars a fight. They realize he spends lavishly and will run out of the green stuff soon. No, that was not a 420 joke since it is April 20th. I think the UFC is giving Conor an excuse to come back by saying this story to the press. They don’t want to ruin the relationship by making it about money and skipping press because your training is something fans will not look down on. I hope Conor comes around because he is a huge talent.