Although Conor McGregor backtracked on his retirement claims in a statement last night, his immediate future in the UFC remains unclear.
McGregor, in writing an extensive message on Facebook explaining his tweet earlier in the week that had suggested plans to "retire early", made it clear that he was ready and willing to fight at UFC 200 in July.
According to reports today, however, the UFC are unwilling to reinstate the McGregor vs Nate Diaz match they pulled from the event earlier this week. The Irishman and his coach, meanwhile, are in the midst of a social media campaign to put pressure on the organization to get the match back on.
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Virtually ever since McGregor uploaded his statement online on Thursday evening, his coach, John Kavanagh, has been on a one-man mission to drum up support for the Diaz rematch to go ahead:
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With the three tweets having combined for over 6,000 retweets it certainly looks like a lot of fight fans want to see UFC president Dana White backtrack on his Wednesday announcement that McGregor had been pulled from the UFC 200 card.
At the moment though, it doesn't look like the pressure is telling on the powers that be. As reported by TMZ, via SB Nation, "the UFC won't budge on their decision" at this stage.
Although White has gone on record to say he isn't unhappy with McGregor despite his headline-grabbing action this week, he has been put in an unenviable position by the UFC's biggest star.
If he backtracks now and allows McGregor vs Diaz II to take place in Las Vegas this summer, he looks like he is giving in to fighter power and sets a dangerous precedent.
If he follows through with his plan he risks making a mistake that could cost him millions of dollars and a lot of fans.
Without McGregor and Diaz, the UFC 200 card still includes some big names such as Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar. Nevertheless, fans will still be left thinking what they could have had if White doesn't change his mind.
A UFC 200 card with The Notorious One at the top of the bill could break UFC records. Ultimately, it might be that, rather than McGregor's social media campaign, that sees the issue resolved in the Irishman's favour.
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