Earlier this year, the drama in UFC was at an all-time high as Conor McGregor clashed with top bosses Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.
McGregor, who is undoubtedly the biggest star that the promotion has right now, basically told White and co. that they could take all the media interviews and press conferences that they wanted him to leave his training camp in Iceland for and shove them.
That fiery tete-a-tete led to the promotion removing him from the event at UFC 200 against Nate Diaz, with McGregor taking things one step further by announcing on his social media channels that he was retiring with immediate effect. Well, McGregor is now on the card for UFC 202, but we could have a repeat of the events that led to that "retirement" on our hands.
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While at an event to promote his coach John Kavanagh's new book "Win or Learn," McGregor revealed that he and the UFC still aren't seeing eye-to-eye in regards to the Irishman's media obligations heading into the rematch with Diaz at UFC 202.
Apparently, the two parties are still in discussions about how much media work he will have to do.
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“We’re still back-and-forth with media obligations,” McGregor said. “It’s going on right to this second. It’s never-ending. They want to pull you left and right.”
Judging by those comments, McGregor doesn't seem too happy with the way the UFC not only operate but also how those negotiations about media duties are going right now.
Could we be set for yet another McGregor - UFC standoff? Hopefully not, but with two proud people on either side in Dana White and McGregor, you never know how things could go.
According to McGregor, the UFC just don't realise how much of an effect traveling across America for all these interviews has on a fighter, especially one trying to avenge the worst loss of his career like McGregor is.
“I think some people don’t understand how taxing that is, especially coming after a loss like that where I really truly need to look out for me and get myself right and come out the way I need to feel,” McGregor said.
McGregor wants to be completely in the zone heading into the bout, with no nonsense around the edges that distract him from his goal, beating Nate Diaz.
“I can’t fatigue like that and live with myself after that,” McGregor said. “To see the way the last fight happened, I can’t live with it. I need to isolate myself and just get my work in and come back and get my revenge. And that’s what I’m doing.”
McGregor vs Diaz 2 is bound to be an incredible fight. Just what happens in the build up to it still remains to be seen.