Conor McGregor is setting the record straight: He is NOT retiring from UFC, you guys. But in a lengthy statement, the Irish fighter explained why he refused to do press for his upcoming fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 200…and he totally bashes the organization for how they handled things. Read his Facebook message here.
He loves to fight, but Conor McGregor, 27, is OVER all the interviews, press conference and media days that also come with being a professional UFC champion. In a new message, he completely slams the process by explaining why he didn’t want to do any promotion for his UFC 200 match against Nate Diaz, 31, but he also shared another piece of exciting information with fans — he’s NOT going anywhere.
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Fans were stunned when Conor tweeted earlier this week that he was ‘retiring, and UFC president Dana White eventually revealed that the 27-year-old had been pulled from his upcoming rematch at UFC 200 because he refused to do any of the promotion required for the event. Well, now Conor is sharing his side of the story.
“I am paid to fight. I am not paid to promote,” he wrote on Facebook. “I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.”
In the post, he blames his previous loss against Nate on spending too much time doing press and not enough time preparing. But he’s also pretty harsh in his message, slamming “nobody gives a f*** morning show[s]” and members of the press who don’t “give a f*** about what I’m doing, but just wants some sound bites.”
He also took a shot at UFC for denying his request to have time to “focus” on the fight rather than promote it. “I can not dance for you this time. It’s time for the other monkeys to dance,” he added. “I’ve danced us all the way here. Nate’s little mush head looks good up on that stage these days. Stuff him in front of the camera for it.”
Conor also pointed out that Nate didn’t have to do all the press that he did before the last fight since he was added in at the last minute, so he had less distractions going into the match.
In summary, Conor is basically saying that the UFC overreacted by pulling him from the match because he was just asking for some “leeway.” He concluded by admitting he’s still ready to fight at UFC 200 this July, and would even do some of the big media ahead of the bout. And whether or not he’s welcomed back, he left fans with this: He’s NOT retiring.
What do you think of Conor’s post, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he should’ve sucked it up and done the promotion the UFC wanted?