Things heat up between Conor Mcgregor and the UFC as both camps continue to stand firmly on their ground about their ongoing rift.
McGregor, who is supposed to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200 as a rematch, was suddenly pulled out of the card by UFC President Dana White. The Irish man did not make himself available during a recent press conference which did not sit well with White. McGregor, on the other hand, explained that he simply wanted to have some scheduling adjustments as he was trying to concentrate on training.
The whole fiasco caused a backlash from fans of the UFC touting the organization for going too far against McGregor. At the UFC 200 press conference, industry insider Shaun Al-Shatti slammed the organization about doubling down on arguably their most popular fighter saying that barring McGregor in the upcoming event is pointless.
However, White is adamant that the former champ will not be appearing in the July fight card.
“Conor’s his own guy, he’s going to do what he’s going to do but he’s not fighting on [UFC] 200,” White reiterated to TMZ. “Listen, he’ll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don’t know when, but we’ll get it figured out.”
The promoter also revealed that he has not yet faced McGregor since the debacle went down adding that until now, he is still puzzled why the fighter did what he did.
With McGregor out, White still wants to push through with Diaz fighting against a different opponent. However, the American mixed martial artist is not interested saying that it is either McGregor or he’ll go on vacation.
Aside from barring “The Notorious” in UFC 200, he is also vetoed from UFC’s New York Debut on Nov. 12 dubbed as UFC 205 which McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, deemed uncalled for.
“That was hard to hear,” Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour. “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.”
New York is said to be a special place for McGregor given that it has been a hub for Irish immigrants since the 1800s.
“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,” Kavanagh added. “We have to be put on the New York card.”