With Conor McGregor back from retirement, things are heating up for what has already been a confusing UFC 200. The Irish maniac was pulled from the event by UFC president Dana White, which hasn’t sat too well with potential opponent Nate Diaz.
A rematch was set for July 9, but now that McGregor is out, White said he would find someone else. However, Diaz dismantled that plan with his statement:
“I came here to fight Conor McGregor,” Diaz said. “I don’t really have too much interest in anybody else. I don’t have an interest in fighting at all. I didn’t ask for that fight. He asked for it and he wanted it, and if that ain’t going to happen, I’m going on vacation.”
Diaz handed McGregor his first loss since joining the UFC via rear-naked choke at UFC 196. Fans and both fighters asked for an immediate rematch that was expected to headline UFC 200.
However, McGregor (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) was removed from the main event after refusing to show up for the event’s marketing shoot in Las Vegas. He reportedly stayed in Iceland to train, and was extremely unhappy with the UFC’s decision.
Even though he was unwilling to go to Las Vegas for a promotional press conference, it didn’t stop McGregor from watching and tweeting about the event:
Meanwhile, Diaz (19-10 MMA, 14-8 UFC) is ready for his bout in the T-Mobile Arena on July 9 against McGregor. However, if White refuses to reinstate the Irishman, it will be fascinating to see who White chooses as a replacement, and if Diaz will even accept the fight.
UFC 200 was supposed to be the biggest event in the sport’s history, but it has quickly become the biggest disaster.