The UFC 200 media tour reached its climax today with the final press conference in New York…
With tickets for the highly anticipated event set to go on sale on Friday, the UFC finally confirmed the main event on Wednesday afternoon as they announced that Jon Jones would be fighting Daniel Cormier for the lightweight title on July the 9th.
The main event had been up in the air since Conor McGregor was pulled from the card last week for refusing to fulfill his media obligations. Since then, the hottest question on everyone’s mind has revolved around the ‘Notorious’ Irishman and what lies in store for him next.
Given the fact that Nate Diaz was contracted to fight at UFC 200, Dana White stated that the company repeatedly offered to schedule another opponent for him on the card in place of McGregor. However, Diaz made it clear on several occasions that he had no interest in fighting anyone but the featherweight champion.
— UFC (@ufc) April 22, 2016
Happy to announce that I'm going on vacation #gone #100 ✌🏼️
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 26, 2016
Speaking at the UFC 200 press conference in New York on Wednesday evening, Dana White was asked about Diaz’s somewhat bizarre absence and, in answering, he seemed to reveal how the Conor McGregor conflict will be resolved.
‘We’re gonna offer him (Diaz) some fights and see what he wants to do. I mean it sounded like he wants Conor and only Conor at the press conference (in Las Vegas)…
I didn’t wanna rip him off of the opportunity to fight at 200 if that’s what he wanted but, we’ll see what happens.’
Earlier in the press conference Dana had stated that Conor would fight again soon, potentially at UFC 201.
With Nate Diaz’s eyes only on McGregor and seemingly uninterested in participating in UFC 200 without the Irishman, it now seems as if the rematch will not be cancelled, but simply pushed back a few weeks to the main event at UFC 201.
— Ryan (@mavs2011champs0) April 27, 2016
— RUKUS (@MikeyRukus) April 27, 2016
@MMAFighting surely its Diaz Vs McGregor at UFC 201? They could'nt lose out on that money
— Karl Jones (@Joneser2011) April 27, 2016