Retired UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has weighed in on the recent Conor McGregor retirement news and the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s decision to pull him from the UFC 200 card.
McGregor began the circus show on Tuesday when he tweeted saying he plans to ‘retire young’ from the sport, starting a social media storm and putting his scheduled welterweight bout against Nate Diaz in jeopardy.
Not long after, UFC President Dana White confirmed to ESPN SportsCenter that McGregor was pulled from the event, refusing to leave his training camp in Iceland to fulfil his UFC 200 promotional obligations. The mixed martial arts community aren’t a shy bunch and many have shared their thoughts on the events, with Sonnen, certain money is the issue.
In a recent Facebook Q&A (via BloodyElbow), Sonnen stated that the Irishman was most likely involved in a contract dispute with the promotion and McGregor’s outburst on social media was the downside of things going sour.
“It’s a contract dispute,” Sonnen said. “I don’t have any inside info on this, just being around the business since the 90’s, I know how it worked, I know how this whole thing went down.”
“Conor has a contract, he made a deal,” he said. “Somewhere he didn’t sign it, let the promotion go out, let the money get spent and then realized, ‘I’ve got the upper hand. Now I can go back and renegotiate, who’s going to tell me now when the advertising’s already done.'”
“That’s what he did, guaranteed. That’s not going to work.”
The UFC is currently working on finding a suitable replacement to face Diaz at the event and “The American Gangster” has a wild theory on who it could be.
“I guarantee you, Georges St-Pierre’s phone is blowing up right now,” Sonnen said. “And he’s getting a big offer. That’s the guy they’re gonna go after.”
The full Q&A session can be viewed below.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena