McGregor and Diaz were supposed to throw down again at UFC 200, July 9th, but when the featherweight champ said he couldn’t attend all the media events planned, the bout was pulled. Finally, after extensive drama and talks, McGregor – Diaz was rescheduled for August 20th.
Well, recently McGregor was on hand at a media event, interestingly enough, to promote his coach John Kavanagh’s new book “Win or Learn”. The outspoken fighter was evidently asked about how his relationship stands with the UFC, in terms of promoting UFC 202. Here is some of what McGregor had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“We’re still back and forth with media obligations,” McGregor said. “It’s going on right to this second. It’s never-ending. They want to pull you left and right.”
“I think some people don’t understand how taxing that is, especially coming after a loss like that where I really truly need to look out for me and get myself right and come out the way I need to feel,” McGregor added. “I can’t fatigue like that and live with myself after that. Seeing the way the last fight happened, I can’t live with it. I need to isolate myself and just get my work in and come back and get my revenge…”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear this. Although McGregor has said he’s on good terms with the UFC, chances are from here on out, the parties will wrestle a bit over how many media events “Notorious” should do. After all, McGregor is one of the biggest names in combat sports, and always tosses out headline grabbing comments. So, the UFC wants to have McGregor out there, as much as possible, to hype up a bout.
UFC 202 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Diaz submitted McGregor in the second round of their first bout, which took place in March.