The UFC has been quite the circus act in recent weeks, with no signs of it stopping any time soon. As has regularly been the case lately, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been the focal point of the wild headline news this month.
Only this time, he’s been the catalyst of many problems for the promotion. He announced his retirement last week with a sensational Tweet that proved to be record breaking in terms of shares, and it only got stranger from there onwards.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) 19 April 2016
McGregor’s retirement in fact only lasted two days, as he reassured fans he would not be calling it quits. That said, he had missed his initial media obligations for his UFC 200 rematch with Nate Diaz, and UFC president Dana White confirmed that ‘The Notorious’ was no longer fighting on the July 9 pay-per-view card.
The Irish boxer was apparently stuck between a rock and a hard place, claiming he’d no-showed the UFC 200 press conference because he needed to train for Diaz, who’d beaten him with relative ease at UFC 196.
I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I get paid to fight … https://t.co/xW1P3G2710
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) 21 April 2016
So suddenly the UFC’s biggest card of the year, perhaps ever, was thrown in to turmoil. Nate Diaz then announced he was no longer fighting at UFC 200, instead opting to ‘go on vacation.’
Then came the ground breaking news, released today, that the new UFC 200 main event has been confirmed.
Just wait until you hear this one…