Following the news that Conor McGregor will no longer fight at UFC 200, Chael Sonnen opined that the development is over money, and Josh Barnett is on the same page.
Several hours after McGregor tweeted that he’s decided to hang up the gloves, UFC President Dana White appeared on SportsCenter, and announced the Irish star will no longer rematch Nate Diaz, July 9th. According to White, the promotion has pulled the featherweight champ, because he refused to come to the U.S. for scheduled promotional appearances.
Sonnen believes that this has all happened because McGregor attempted to renegotiate his deal, and Barnett had this to say:
So it seems the McGregor retirement rumor is true. My thoughts? It's about the ca$h. Goes to UFC wanting more money & they said no. #UFC200
— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) April 20, 2016
We don’t know what’s gone down, but there’s no doubt Sonnen and Barnett have been around the game for a long time. Guess we’ll see what happens.
You would think that things will settle down, and McGregor will be back. The question is, however, how long will that take? It’s pretty hard to imagine McGregor walking away at the age of 27. But, barring some unforeseen and dramatic turn around, don’t expect to see McGregor reinstated for UFC 200.
Now it’s kind of ironic that Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar were already booked to fight for the interim 145 title on July 9th, when initially, that didn’t really need to happen…