The UFC featherweight division champion Conor McGregor decided not to fight Nate Diaz this coming July 9 at UFC 200 Las Vegas. The decision for him to fight back in the fighting ring remains a big question to its fans.
Dana White the UFC president announced last Tuesday on SportsCenter that their promotion pulled the champion on the main event at the UFC 200, due to the fighters unwillingness to fly in Las Vegas to attend the mandatory promotional activities.
The said news came just hours after McGregor sent MMA world into confusion after seeing the fighters social media tweet about deciding to retire young.
ESPN Sport officials attempted to contact the champion and any members of his camp, but they have failed to respond on the issue.
Meanwhile, white said that he had tried to communicate with McGregor’s management since Tuesday. He also said that he could not clearly speak in connection to McGregor’s future, other than the UFC 200 fight status.
“We pulled Conor McGregor from UFC 200 and we’re working on other fights right now,” White said. “Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial and be a part of the marketing. He’s in Iceland training.
“Is McGregor retiring?”
“Only he can answer that question. I don’t know.”
White cleared that they UFC has “good relationship” with McGregor camp at (19-3) and that the management “respects Conor as a fighter” but stated that promotional commitment are mandatory.
This was not the first incident as UFC faced situations like this in the past. Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz’s older brother, was pulled in the past from a title fight against Georges St-Pierre in the year 2011 after he skipped news conference.
As luck would have it, Nick Diaz was re-added to the card and then ended up headlining it against the BJ Penn when St-Pierre pulled out with injury.
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