It's been a bit of a crazy week in the UFC. At this current point, Conor McGregor isn't retired from the promotion, but he is no longer on the UFC 200 card to fight against Nate Diaz.
It's easy to forget that there are actually other fights on that card as well, including Miesha Tate having her first title defense of the Women's Bantamweight Championship against Amanda Nunes.
In an interview with ESPN, according to MMAFighting, Tate gave her opinion on the Irish fighter's recent absence from promoting UFC, and how the company promotes itself as a whole. She said she can see where he is coming from, but at the end of the day, it's part of your contract.
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"I understand that he has an obsession with beating Nate right now and he wants to stay focused and stay the course at all costs. I get it. But at the end of the day. it says in your contract when you sign that you have to do reasonable promotion. This is reasonable promotion. I have never had the UFC ask me to do unreasonable promotion. And they're very accommodating.
"Whether it's a car service to take you to where you need to train while you're travelling. Whatever they can do to make your life easier, bringing breakfast to you, bringing lunch to you, whatever you need they're really accommodating. They try to make this as easy [as possible]."
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If McGregor isn't added back to the UFC 200 card, the event will lose some of its star power. While Tate isn't as big as the Irish fighter, she is still a big star in her own right. She didn't have a problem doing media events as she feels it's important for the company. She also said she had to adjust her schedule to work around the current UFC Featherweight Champion's absence.
She said: "And we're three months out from the fight you know. It's not unreasonable to ask to come in here for a day and give some promotion. This does huge things for the fight. They filmed the commercial the other day. and we actually ended up having to pick up the pieces of Conor not being there. We had to film more.
"I had to actually come back and push my training schedule to the side and scoot my stuff around to be able to accommodate the fact that Conor wasn't there and fill up those voids."
At the end of the day, fans will be hoping something changes within the UFC to allow McGregor to compete once more at UFC 200. If it doesn't though, the only person to blame would be the Irish fighter for breaching his contract. Tate sees where McGregor is coming from, but believes the UFC is right.
She said: "It is what it is but I think that Conor should be here definitely."
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