Your move Dana White…
While many thought that the whole thing was a publicity stunt, some thought there could be some legitimacy to the tweet seeing as McGregor recently attended an MMA event in Ireland and watched as Joao Carvalho eventually died from injuries suffered during his match.
Carvalho was only 28 years old and some thought the 27 year old McGregor who said watching "a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking", could have been moved to hang the gloves up by the tragedy.
Fast forward a couple of days and McGregor posts a message on Facebook saying that he’s not retiring and that he still wants to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200 to avenge his loss.
"I am just trying to do my job and fight here," McGregor wrote on Facebook. "I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote. I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop."
The problem is that marketing is part of the deal. Drama and promotion build up the excitement of the fight. And although some think this stunt is actually building the fight up even more, I disagree. No one wants to see this rematch more now, than they did last week.
Let’s be honest, this is a non-title fight for McGregor against an opponent who isn’t even that good at his weight class. The only thing making this fight interesting is McGregor trying to avenge a loss and prove he can fight at 170. Even if he wins he should stay at 145 where he can dominate for the next couple of years.
But here is the real problem. According to Dana White the UFC has pulled McGregor from UFC 200. For McGregor to fight Dana White is going to have to officially put him back on the card. That wouldn’t be a problem. It’s only been a couple days since the whole retirement fiasco happened. The question is would he put him back on the card and allow him to bypass the promotional duties his fighters are required to fulfill.
I don’t think so.
I wouldn’t bet on White letting McGregor back on without performing the promotional duties. It sets a bad precedent with other fighters and that’s never been his style. My money is on McGregor falling in line and doing what he needs to do in all areas to continue on to July 9th and fight at UFC 200.
McGregor loves attention and money. He’s never met a microphone he doesn’t like. By refusing to promote the fight according to his contractual duties it’s obvious he understands the magnitude of this rematch and moving up in weight.
This might be the first time in McGregor’s career that he realizes he can’t talk his way to a knockout.