Conor McGregor will not be able to talk his way back into appearing at UFC 200 against Nate Diaz, UFC chief Dana White has confirmed.
The Notorious’ planned rematch with Diaz was called off earlier this week - the former was supposedly withdrawn by the UFC for failing to make good on his commercial commitments to the organisation.
UFC vs McGregor
McGregor, around the same time, tweeted to say that he was ‘retiring young’, before following that up with a full statement on the situation on Thursday.
In that statement, he explained his reasons for not travelling to Las Vegas, where a planned promotion for UFC 200 was scheduled to take place. That mostly centered around a desire to continue training in Iceland.
He also confirmed that he’s, in fact, not retired, prompting talk of him being reinstated to the main event berth of that card. However, UFC president White has now counteracted that with a release of his own - in summary, McGregor isn’t going to get what he wants.
"Anybody who has fought for the UFC over the last 16 years knows that we try to give as much leeway as we can," White said, as per BBC Sport.
"But you have to show up to promote the fight. You have to show up to press conferences and shoot the commercials. It's part of the job. It's what we do here.
"We get criticised a lot for bending too much to Conor - and we do. I respect Conor very much as a fighter and I like him, but you have to show up and do this stuff."
UFC stand firm
Refreshing as it is to see, one has to wonder if the UFC are making a mistake by refusing to accept McGregor’s terms.
The Irishman has become a cash-cow in recent months, and fans were desperate to see him attempt a second conquest of Diaz - the man who handed him his first UFC loss in his most recent trip into the Octagon.
Yet, and props to them for doing so, the UFC have stuck by their guns and won’t treat McGregor differently to any other fighter. There are cases to be made in support of both him and the UFC - the real losers here are the fans wanting to simply see the 27-year-old fighting.