The Irish star will no longer fight Nate Diaz for a second time on July 9th as scheduled, after McGregor said he wasn’t willing to do all the PR the UFC had planned. McGregor said he was retiring, the UFC went public with the issue, and then the featherweight champ admitted he wasn’t hanging up the gloves.
The fighter did acknowledge, however, that he was refusing to attend all the media events booked for UFC 200. According to McGregor, he’s done his part, in terms of promoting bouts and making the UFC buckets of cash.
Well, the UFC brass didn’t blink, and we still don’t know when and who McGregor will fight next. As a result, many observers and pundits have concluded that McGregor over played his hand with the promotion. Case in point, FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd recently said this on his show (quote via Mixed Martial Arts.com):
“Here’s a rule for a 27-year-old millionaire – don’t take on a 50-year-old billionaire,” said Cowherd. “UFC fans think this is Conor against Dana White. No no no no no. It’s not. It’s Conor taking on the Fertitta family. The single most powerful family in Nevada.
“A 27-year-old kid has lied publicly, twice. He’s dumb. You don’t do that. Millionaires don’t get into whizzing matches against billionaires. You’ll lose every single time…”
McGregor certainly has people who agree with his stance, but unless the UFC lets the champ skip out on PR moving forward, they’ve demonstratedthat no fighter is bigger than the promotion. Not even if it means they take a hit financially.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 9th.