What a difference a week makes…
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been a superstar in the promotion for just a matter of months really. It wasn’t until his interim title win over Chad Mendes at UFC 189 that ‘The Notorious’ took the step up to that elite level, but it may be over already.
Just this Tuesday McGregor shockingly announced he wa retiring, sending the mixed martial arts community in to fits. He is yet to defend the 145-pound belt he unified against Jose Aldo at UFC 194, and was booked in to face Nate Diaz at UFC 200.
Then just days later in a lengthy Facebook rant, McGregor declared he was not actually retired, but was fed up with doing constant promotion. He had refused to fly out to do a press conference for UFC 200, where he would have been taking on Diaz in a rematch of their UFC 196 bout, and then the real trouble started.
UFC president Dana White confirmed he had yanked the Irish star off of the UFC 200 main event, and that Nate Diaz was currently without an opponent. Bad times for everyone involved.
But the hard times are only just getting started, as Conor McGregor is undoubtedly the biggest pay-per-view attraction on the roster. We haven’t seen any interviews with McGregor since al this mayhem began on Tuesday.
Until today, when cameras caught up with McGregor in Iceland…