If you were devastated to hear that Conor McGregor will no longer fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200, well, don’t give up hope just yet…
Although McGregor made a retirement announcement on Twitter, and although the UFC has pulled him from the July 9th event, Dana White says the Irish star could be rebooked for the card. Earlier today White appeared on “The Herd” to discuss the headline grabbing developments with McGregor. Following McGregor’s retirement tweet, White relayed on SportsCenter that the featherweight champ was refusing to do promotional appearances for UFC 200, and that’s why McGregor – Diaz II is off.
During White’s talk with Colin Cowherd, he shot down speculation that all of this is due to a contractual squabble with McGregor. White also dismissed the idea that his relationship with McGregor is damaged, and repeated that the UFC’s move was only prompted by the fighter’s refusal to do media obligations.
The UFC President also offered this comment, when asked if it’s possible that McGregor could be rebooked for UFC 200 (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Yeah, if he called me after this interview, we would probably still do it,” White said. “The problem with this whole thing is you have to be here to promote your fight and you have to shoot this commercial. We’re spending $10 million in promotion for UFC 200, and all that money is motion. You can’t do this. I don’t care who you are, or how big you are, you can’t do this.”
Could this happen? Maybe. But with each day that goes by and the UFC isn’t promoting McGregor – Diaz II for July 9th, the less likely it will be.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.