Conor McGregor stunned everyone last week when he announced he was ‘retiring young’, only to then write a Facebook post the next day claiming he wasn’t retiring but rather just didn’t want to fulfil his promotional duties whilst busy training for the fight of his life.
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There were rumours about a money dispute, but whatever the case Dana White and the UFC made it clear they were moving on without him, making a point that no one fighter is bigger than the UFC.
The UFC 200 press conference in Vegas went ahead without him:
Just when everyone had accepted McGregor was out, he Tweets this earlier today:
Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200!
Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2016
Fight back on I guess? Not according to Dana White, who told TMZ Sports:
It’s not true. We haven’t talked to Conor or his manager since the press conference. I don’t know why he would tweet that.
All the media keeps asking me that. I feel like the scene in ‘Step Brothers’ when they ask if they can build the bunk beds. I don’t know how many more times I can say the fight is off or how many more press conferences I can have saying the fight is off for people to believe it’s off.
Either this whole thing is staged and they’re going for some kind of Stone Cold Vs Vince McMahon thing that made the WWE’s popularity explode back in the 90s, or Conor McGregor just Tweeted that to force Dana White into putting him back on the card. If it’s the latter, it doesn’t seem to have worked for McGregor at all.
Chances are this is all part of the plan though, which would be a genius move by Dana White. As the UFC grows in popularity it makes sense that they’d work harder on building up story-lines and controversy for their fights. One thing’s certain – no one knows for sure how this McGregor/Dana White saga will end. Which makes it all the more exciting.
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