For a man that makes the UFC extra money than some other fighter on the roster, Conor McGregor certain appears to get in numerous energy struggles with the individuals operating the corporate. It’s been a battle of wills ever since he received the featherweight title in 2015. The UFC wished him to do an instantaneous rematch towards Jose Aldo. McGregor insisted on a light-weight title shot as an alternative. When he misplaced to late alternative Nate Diaz, he allegedly needed to scream at UFC execs over the cellphone to make a second struggle.
He received these battles. However he misplaced the following one when the UFC pulled him from UFC 200 over his refusal to fly to Las Vegas for a press convention. It then took him a number of months to persuade the UFC to let him struggle Floyd Mayweather, a match-up UFC president Dana White was actively hostile in direction of at first.
After which there’s the present battle between the 2 concerning McGregor wanting an possession stake within the UFC. White mentioned ‘it ain’t taking place.’ So McGregor mentioned he’s retiring.
Fairness within the UFC wasn’t the one stumbling block on this newest spherical of negotiations between McGregor and his promotion. In a sequence of podcasts recorded earlier than McGregor introduced his retirement, White confirmed rumors sticking level for McGregor vs. Cerrone in July was a requirement the struggle be co-main reasonably than primary occasion.
White went on the UFC Unfiltered podcast and defined why he wished a title struggle above McGregor.
”Yeah that’s just about how we’ve executed it for years,” he mentioned. “We’ve executed a few fights the place a championship struggle wasn’t a primary occasion, and it wasn’t very nice. Didn’t work out superb.”
”The fact is it’s not likely what we do, however the media has been telling me they wanna see it, the followers have been saying simply do it, so … we’ll see what occurs.”
White expanded on the scenario throughout an interview on Barstool Sports activities’ My Mother’s Basement podcast with Robbie Fox, additionally recorded earlier than McGregor’s retirement tweet.
”Sure, that did occur,” he mentioned. “Each time I take care of Conor there’s all the time one thing to take care of, however we get it discovered. We had been gonna do – the struggle that was going to be on the cardboard with him was most likely going to be the heavyweight championship. Ought to that be the co-main occasion?”
Fox mentioned hells yeah it ought to.
”Nicely, the extra individuals I hear it from, the followers and the media and all this s**t, if I find yourself placing Conor McGregor not as a champion in the primary occasion, I assume I received’t must hearken to any bulls**t, will I?” White replied. “Everyone would go psychological and nuts and chirping ‘Oh, you get favoritism.’”
White reasoned that McGregor solely headlined different playing cards above title fights when he held a belt.
”Conor McGregor isn’t the champion proper now,” White mentioned. “He’s ranked quantity 2 proper now.”
White additionally shot down one of many potential opponents McGregor has been vocal about dealing with once more.
”The Diaz struggle? Yeah, that’s most likely not going to occur,” White mentioned. “However I want to see him again on the [July] card.”
In fact, we all know what occurred subsequent: McGregor retired over social media and Dana White sounds completely glad calling his bluff. When bombshell accusations of sexual assault towards McGregor had been revealed by the New York Occasions, the response from Conor’s publicist spent extra time attacking the UFC than defending towards the ugly allegations.
“Ought to Conor struggle sooner or later, it have to be in an setting the place fighters are revered for his or her worth, their ability, their arduous work, and their dedication to the game,” the assertion learn.
With White and McGregor clearly on totally different pages with regards to compensation and card placement, we may see Conor’s newest negotiating gambit lead to his legit retirement. It’d be good if cooler heads prevailed, however the UFC appears completely content material to finish the McGregor period reasonably than give into any extra of his calls for, cheap or in any other case.
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