Conor McGregor has had an interesting few months so far this year, to say the very least.
The Irish star lost his first ever fight in the UFC to Nate Diaz after stepping up two weight divisions, then announced his "retirement" from the company after the UFC took him off the UFC 200 PPV, and is now apparently in discussions for a megafight against retired boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.
Finally, months after he was first kicked off the UFC 200 card and his main event taken away, McGregor has finally come out and explained exactly what happened in that crazy week-long period.
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Speaking in a big interview with ESPN last night, 'The Notorious One' spoke about how that entire meltdown came about, which led to him being removed from the big UFC 200 event.
“I was in a time where I was figuring out something. I didn't just shut out and say no to everything,” he started off as saying.
According to McGregor, he was being asked to leave his training camp in Iceland to do a truly ridiculous amount of press.
“I just wanted to do reasonable media, and then, hey, all of a sudden, ‘Conor, it's three months from the fight, we've got to drag you (on) 40-hour flights to come and do a runaround, New York, Vegas, California, 70 press conferences, 70 talk shows, adverts, all of this,' and it's like, I already made you $400 million last week.”
McGregor then went on to discuss that infamous retirement tweet. admitted that the tweet about retirement started as half-jest, but when the UFC said it was pulling him off of the UFC 200 fight card, things got much more serious. Serious enough that McGregor felt he had to dig his feet in and stand his ground. The UFC did the same, so the situation never got resolved.
The 27-year-old UFC Featherweight Champion admitted that the post about him retiring started off as just being a bit of a joke, but when the UFC said it was pulling him off of the UFC 200 fight card, things got much more serious.
Apparently, it was bad enough that McGregor felt he had to be stubborn and act like he was actually retiring, which explains reports from the likes of McGregor's coaches and teammates saying that he was serious. The UFC seemingly were just as stubborn, so the situation never got resolved.
“I'll tell you what, it blew up. I was just kind of having fun at the start,” McGregor continued.
“It was kind of half-hearted, and then it just went (through the roof), and then, all of a sudden, you're off UFC 200, and I was like, ‘alright, well (expletive) you too then.' It was fun. Seeing it all blow up like that, it was amusing for a while.”
It remains to be seen when McGregor does make his return to the octagon in that rematch with Diaz, but it is bound to be a huge event as the anticipation builds even further.