Will Conor McGregor fight at UFC 200 or not? According to UFC president Dana White, McGregor has not been added back to the card despite what he may be telling his fans.
On Monday, Conor sent out a tweet to his more than one million followers saying that he would be fighting at the UFC 200 event in July.
He wrote, “Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200! Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect.”
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2016
However, White told TMZ Sports that McGregor would not be fighting during the event, and he’s not sure why McGregor posted the fake confirmation.
“I don’t know why he did [tweet that], I still haven’t talked to him, but we had a whole press conference about this,” White said. “I just don’t know how much more clear I can make it.”
“Listen, he’ll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don’t know when, but we’ll get it figured out,” White added.
Dana White decided to pull McGregor from his scheduled rematch against Nate Diaz after he refused to break his training schedule in Iceland to fulfill his promotional obligations in the United States. McGregor later sent out a tweet saying he had decided to retire, but then recanted his statement later in the week, reassuring his fans that he was not retired and still hopes to fight at UFC 200.
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 27, 2016
“I am just trying to do my job and fight here,” McGregor said in a Facebook post on Thursday. “I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote. I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.”
“I’m doing what I need for me now,” Conor continued. “It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way. I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway. I am still ready to go for UFC 200.”
Despite the current situation with Conor McGregor, Dana White says he “has no hard feelings” towards him.
— FS1 (@FS1) April 27, 2016
“I’ve said it a million times — Conor has stepped up and saved big fights for us,” White said.
As for Nate Diaz, who was prepared to take on McGregor in July, he said he wanted to fight Conor and had no interest in fighting anyone else. In fact, he said if he doesn’t get to fight McGregor, he is planning on going on vacation and sent out a tweet Monday seemingly confirming his vacation plans.
Happy to announce that I’m going on vacation #gone #100 ✌????️
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 26, 2016
“I came to fight Conor McGregor,” Diaz said during a press conference on Friday. “I don’t really have too much interest in anybody else or interest in fighting at all. That’s what he wanted and I’m down for whatever. Like I said, I’m going to come here to fight, if we’re going to get that fight going. If not, I’m going on vacation for real. I didn’t ask for that fight but he asked for it, he wanted it. If that ain’t happening, I’m going on vacation.”
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