Dana White has said the door’s closed on Conor McGregor fighting at UFC 200, but the Irish star’s coach believes there’s still a chance the fighter will scrap Nate Diaz on July 9th.
McGregor has been cut from the card, after he refused to attend all of the promotional appearances the UFC had set up for the upcoming event. McGregor has said he wants to focus on training for his rematch with Diaz, rather than promoting it. White has said, however, that no exceptions can be made.
Well, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, appeared on “The MMA Hour” on Monday. His appearance came not long after McGregor tweeted out that he has, in fact, been reinstated on UFC 200. The coach reported that he has not been with McGregor over the last day or so, and as a result, he isn’t aware of why the latter said he’s been rebooked (White has since denied that ‘s the case). Kavanagh did have this to say, however, while discussing whether he believes McGregor will rematch Diaz on July 9th (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m 51 percent optimistic and 49 percent pessimistic, if you want to know my feelings on it.”
“At some stage you’ve gotta see that maybe it’s pointless to upset so many fans that want to see this fight and ignore the kind of numbers that are gonna be brought in,” Kavanagh added.
As things look right now, it’s hard to imagine McGregor getting rebooked for the card, unless he agrees to do a lot more media appearances. Based off what White’s said, it doesn’t seem like they’re going to let McGregor do say one or two media events, and that’s it. McGregor doesn’t seem to be budging either…
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.