While Conor McGregor may have said earlier this week that he will be competing against Nate Diaz at UFC 200, UFC president Dana White said yesterday that this wasn't the case and that he was still removed from the event after failing to show up to media events to promote the pay-per-view.
White also said at a press conference on Friday that McGregor would not be fighting at the UFC's debut card in New York on November 12 later this year, an event which is expected to be filled with top fighters and be as big - if not bigger - than UFC 200.
This went under the radar for most people, but not for the Irish fighter's coach John Kavanagh, who said it was hard to hear and that he thinks taking him out of contention for the New York event is one step too far.
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McGregor's coach told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour: "That was hard to hear. I really think that's going too far. [McGregor] was bold, but it wasn't anything that bad. If we get the slap on the wrist for 200, we definitely can't be put on the naughty [list] for New York."
McGregor was scheduled to face Nate Diaz at UFC 200 before he was pulled from the card at welterweight, which would have been a rematch of their UFC 196 clash where the American came out on top.
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After his second fight, he would have gone on to face the winner of the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar at some point in the future, with most fans hoping it would be in New York at UFC 205.
However, now it appears only the latter bout will take place for McGregor, and even then, it might happen before the historic UFC event in November later this year. Kavanagh believes this would be unfair because of the Irish heritage based in New York City.
According to the Wall Street Journal, via MMAFighting.com: "To this day, 12.9 percent of New York State residents claim Irish ancestry, the most of any state," and also: "Irish Americans make up about 5.3 percent of New York City's population, with large Irish communities in both Queens and Brooklyn."
Kavanagh said: "As an Irish guy in New York, the first card in Madison Square Garden, I think Conor would show up anyway and fight someone in a changing room if [White] doesn't put him on the card. We have to be put on the New York card."
We'll have to wait and see if White changes his mind on whether or not McGregor can fight during arguably two of the most historic events in UFC history; UFC 200 and UFC 205.
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