The subtle war of words between Conor McGregor and the UFC just continues to run and run.
After McGregor’s now infamous tweet on Tuesday evening about how he’d decided to ‘retire young’, the MMA world was sent into a frenzy of speculation, until UFC President Dana White confirmed that Conor had been pulled from the main event of UFC 200 on July 9 for refusing to fly to Las Vegas to promote the fight this week.
And just hours after McGregor posted a lengthy statement on Facebook clarifying his position, the UFC featherweight champ fired some more shots at the promotion on his Twitter page.
According to TMZ, the UFC has now officially pulled the plug on the Diaz/McGregor rematch at UFC 200 but the 27-year-old McGregor clearly believes the ball is firmly in the UFC’s court.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 22, 2016
In the Twitter post on Thursday evening, McGregor wrote: “I’ve got my bills paid. My money made. And the entire game slayed. #YourMove”
McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has also been attempting to rally fans and drum up support, hoping that public pressure will convince the UFC to put ‘The Notorious’ Irishman back on the card.
Ur call now. You are the customers. What do you want? Press conferences or fights? Make some noise because we're ready to do the damn thing!
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 21, 2016
The funny thing is, for all the talk from the UFC of McGregor not promoting the fight, all the furore around his supposed retirement and the stand off with UFC President Dana White has actually ended up getting everyone talking about the show.
By choosing not to promote the show, McGregor has actually ended up promoting the show. Classic Conor, really.
So, with all the hype now surrounding UFC 200 and what will happen with the main event, maybe it’s time for the UFC to reconsider and get their biggest star back on the card? Your move, Dana…