Dana White has taken a tough stance and confirmed Conor McGregor wont be headlining UFC 200.
Much has been made of the McGregor vs UFC power struggle this week. From McGregor’s shock ‘retirement’ announcement to his reasons for refusing to jump through the promotional hoops mandated by the company for UFC 200, the world of MMA has seemingly stopped and waited to see what will happen next.
Even last weekend’s UFC 197, which saw the return of Jon Jones to the octagon following his suspension for a hit and run transgression last year, could do little to distract from the only story in town.
Earlier this week McGregor gave fans hope by tweeting that he has been reinstated to the marquee event but this was quickly shot down by White. Now, however, the emotional rollercoaster has finally stopped as it has been announced (via Bloody Elbow) that Jon Jones will face Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title in the main event on July 9th.
With no place for either McGregor or Nate Diaz, it seems the final nail has been placed in the coffin for their anticipated rematch. With McGregor scheduled to face the winner of Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar for the featherweight title at, most likely, UFC 205 in New York, we might well have seen an end to McGregor’s adventures at welterweight.
While Jones vs Cormier 2 will be a highly anticipated match-up, many will feel that the UFC have cut their nose off to spite their face. With McGregor the clear king of pay-per-view, it has been rumoured that his replacement at the July event will cost White and co. some $45 million.
It seems the power play by McGregor was something the UFC president could simply not yield to for fear of a fighter revolt when it comes to future promotional events.
So what now for the Notorious? Like Diaz, does he now go on holiday? Perhaps a diet might be in order also as it looks likely he’ll have to drop that 25lbs he gained for his welterweight bout.
One thing is for sure though, whatever comes next it’s unlikely McGregor will be doing it quietly.
— UFC (@ufc) April 27, 2016
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena