McGregor will no longer fight Nate Diaz at the July 9th event, since he informed the UFC that he can’t commit to the promotional appearances the company has planned for UFC 200. McGregor asked for an exception from the obligations, and argued he’s done more than his fair share of promoting in the past. The UFC isn’t having it, however, and the Irish star will not be fighting on July 9th.
Tate, however, will be, as she’s scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes. Recently she spoke with ESPN, and when she was asked to comment on McGregor’s stance, the bantamweight champ said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I understand that he has an obsession with beating Nate right now and he wants to stay focused and stay the course at all costs. I get it. But at the end of the day. it says in your contract when you sign that you have to do reasonable promotion…
… They filmed the commercial the other day. and we actually ended up having to pick up the pieces of Conor not being there. We had to film more. I had to actually come back and push my training schedule to the side and scoot my stuff around to be able to accommodate the fact that Conor wasn’t there and fill up those voids.”
So, when you hear that, it’s not surprising that Tate isn’t down with McGregor on this. Once your decisions start impacting the lives of other fighters, support from your colleagues can wane quickly…Of course, McGregor boosters will point to the massive media tour he did for UFC 189, and all the promotion he did for UFC 194.
Really, at this point,however, it seems pretty clear that McGregor won’t be part of UFC 200 any ways.