Conor McGregor now says he’s not retired. And that he wants to fight in UFC 200. Great. But if you’re not retired, why did you jerk with everyone and tweet that you were retired? Did you change your mind? No.
He tried to back Dana White down with that tweet, and Dana just ripped him off the card for UFC 200.
So where does that leave us. UFC 200 is the biggest event in the company’s history. And with or without McGregor, it’s still going to be a strong card. But, obviously, it’s better with McGregor, who despite getting choked out by Nate Diaz, is still arguably the biggest star in the sport. And the fact that we’d be getting a rematch between the two would make the card much better. Fact.
Still, you can’t have the sport’s biggest name, headlining the company’s biggest night ever, not promoting the fight. That’s just not going to fly. Conor might say to that, I didn’t say I wouldn’t do the promotion, I just don’t want to do all of the promotion: I don’t want to be the guy to carry the promotion: and I’m not going to do all the promotion I’ve done in the past because I’m way bigger than that now. He might say that, but he did actually post: I’m paid to fight, not to promote. Actually, you’re paid to do both, Conor: and nobody is a better promoter than Conor.
An yes, all the promoting has made the company a lot of money, but it has made you a lot of money also.
Because while you hate doing it, no one is ever better, and doing it, has driven a lot of people to ppv, who ordinarily wouldn’t have gone there.
Question isn’t will he promote the fights, because he has to. Can he and Dana White meet half way on the amount of promotion he has to do. I get Conor not wanting go do every stupid Tim and Suzy morning show. At this point, he shouldn’t have to do that. Especially when he’s coming off a loss and knows what’s at stake for his next fight. But it’s not unreasonable to expect him to hit the major pressers and show for the important commercial shoots.
I hope the two sides meet halfway and somehow, some way, McGregor makes it to UFC 200: but you have two incredibly head strong dudes, in Dana and Conor. And I’m’ not sure either one of them is going to blink.
Bottom line, Conor still needs the UFC more than it needs him, but that card is going to look a helluva better with him on it than without him. Hopefully, they work this out in the 12th hour.
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