Conor McGregor not retired yet

Conor McGregor not retired: Conor McGregor says he has not retired from the UFC but has fallen out with the sport's bosses over promotional work.
April 21, 2016

Conor McGregor not retired

Conor McGregor says he has not retired from the Ultimate Fighting Championship – but has fallen out with the sport’s bosses over promotional work.

The 27 year old triggered speculation he was quitting on Tuesday when he tweeted: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese.”

UFC president Dana White then revealed McGregor would not be fighting Nate Diaz on the UFC 200 card on 9 July.

But in a statement issued on Thursday, McGregor said: “I am not retired.”

White claimed McGregor was withdrawn from the card for refusing to fly to Las Vegas for a news conference and promotional photos.

In his statement, Ireland’s McGregor said he was being asked to do too much promotional work by the UFC and was not able to concentrate on his training.

“I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote. I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting,” he said.

“There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.”

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McGregor also blamed his heavy promotional workload for his loss in his last fight, when Diaz became the first man to beat him in UFC.

He said he had asked for leeway when promoting UFC 200 to “train and focus – but it was denied”.

And he explained that his “retirement” tweet from earlier in the week was his way of generating promotion.

He added: “I must isolate myself now. I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time. I can not dance for you this time. It is time for the other monkeys to dance.

“I am still ready to go for UFC 200. I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions.

“If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don’t know what to say.”

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Conor McGregor tweets: ‘I have decided to retire young’

Live Online News: Conor McGregor will not fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. Whether he will fight again period remains a question.
April 20, 2016

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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will not fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. Whether he will fight again period remains a question.

UFC president Dana White announced Tuesday night on SportsCenter that the promotion has pulled McGregor from the main event at UFC 200, due to the Irishman’s unwillingness to fly to Las Vegas and participate in mandatory promotional activities.

The news came hours after McGregor sent the MMA world into chaos by tweeting that he has decided to retire young.

White, meanwhile, said he had been in communication with McGregor’s management throughout Tuesday. He said he could not speak on McGregor’s future, other than his status at UFC 200.

“We pulled Conor McGregor from UFC 200 and we’re working on other fights right now,” White said. “Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial and be a part of the marketing. He’s in Iceland training.

“Is Conor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know.”

White went on to say the UFC still has a “good relationship” with McGregor (19-3) and that he “respects Conor as a fighter” but added that promotional obligations are mandatory.

The UFC has faced a similar situation before.

Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz’s older brother, was pulled from a title fight against Georges St-Pierre in 2011 after he skipped a news conference. Ironically, Nick Diaz was eventually re-added to the card and ended up headlining it against BJ Penn when St-Pierre pulled out with an injury.

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Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz rematch scheduled for UFC 200

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz rematch scheduled: A welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will officially headline UFC 200 on July 9
March 31, 2016

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz rematch scheduled

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz rematch scheduled: A welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will officially headline UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz rematch scheduled

UFC Tonight announced the official booking on Wednesday, and UFC officials have confirmed to ESPN. The fight will be contested at 170 pounds and will take place inside the newly built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

McGregor (19-3) remains the UFC’s official 145-pound featherweight champion. He won that title by defeating Jose Aldo in a 13-second knockout in December. With McGregor accepting his second consecutive fight outside the weight class, the UFC has booked an interim title fight between Aldo (25-2) and Frankie Edgar (20-4-1), which also will take place at UFC 200.

McGregor, 27, suffered the first loss of his UFC career to Diaz (19-10) earlier this month at UFC 196. Diaz submitted McGregor via rear-naked choke in the second round.

UFC president Dana White, appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsCenter, explained how the rematch came together, saying he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta met with McGregor after UFC 196 to discuss what was next for him.

“He was obsessed — obsessed with fighting Nate Diaz again,” White said. “Obviously, Lorenzo and I tried to argue with him and said, ‘Let’s go back to 145 (pounds) and defend your title. Or if you really want the Diaz fight that bad, do it at 155 (pounds).’ He wants the fight at 170.

“Even his coach tried to get him to get off the rematch and off the 170-pound fight,” White said, referring to John Kavanagh, “but it’s what he wanted.”

The original bout came under unique circumstances. McGregor was originally scheduled to challenge 155-pound lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but that fight was scratched 11 days before, when dos Anjos withdrew with a broken foot. Diaz agreed to fill in on short notice, and the bout was made at 170 pounds.

Aldo, 29, has been asking for a rematch since losing to McGregor at UFC 194. Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Aldo had recorded seven title defenses before the loss.

The interim title fight is a rematch of a championship fight that took place at UFC 156 in February 2013. Aldo defeated Edgar via unanimous decision. Edgar, who is a former UFC lightweight champion, has earned a second shot at the title on the heels of a five-fight winning streak, including wins over BJ Penn, Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes.

According to White, the winner of the interim title fight between Aldo and Edgar will definitely face McGregor next.

“Win, lose or draw in this fight against Nate Diaz, (McGregor) will go in and fight either Jose or Frankie,” White said. “Whoever wins at UFC 200.”

Also confirmed for UFC 200 is the return of former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (13-2) against Travis Browne (18-3-1). Welterweight Johny Hendricks (17-4), also a former champion, will take on Kelvin Gastelum (11-2).

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Conor McGregor to Floyd Mayweather: ‘Don’t ever bring race into my success again’

Conor McGregor didn't mince words in his response to Floyd Mayweather after the former pound-for-pound boxing king said that racism played a part in the Irishman's rise to fame.
January 9, 2016

Conor McGregor didn’t mince words in his response to Floyd Mayweather after the former pound-for-pound boxing king said that racism played a part in the Irishman’s rise to fame.

Conor McGregor didn’t mince words in his response to Floyd Mayweather after the former pound-for-pound boxing king said that racism played a part in the Irishman’s rise to fame.

Mayweather’s comments started out aimed at his own sport of boxing, but he eventually turned his ire toward former UFC champion Ronda Rousey and McGregor, calling reactions to his trash talk “biased” compared to the vitriol Mayweather received during his career for making similar remarks.

McGregor fired back on Friday night via an Instagram post where he took direct aim at Mayweather’s comments and responded in kind by reminding the boxing champion of the prejudices he’s dealt with his entire life growing up in Ireland.

“Floyd Mayweather, don’t ever bring race into my success again,” McGregor said. “I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.

“In my family’s long history of warfare, there was a time where just having the name ‘McGregor’ was punishable by death. Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again.”

The UFC featherweight champion wasn’t finished with his tirade either, because he then challenged Mayweather to a fight while trashing the retired boxer’s last bout, against Andre Berto, which earned paltry numbers on pay-per-view by comparison to most of his fights and didn’t sell out the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

McGregor has welcomed a fight with Mayweather in the past, and the outspoken Irish fighter certainly didn’t back down this time either while issuing another offer to the undefeated boxer.

“At 27 years of age, I now hold the key to this game. The game answers to me now.”

As of yet, Mayweather hasn’t responded to McGregor’s post.

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