In an unbelievable turn of events, the UFC has announced that the Featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, will not compete in the main event of UFC 200. The event was to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 9, 2016. The news is even more shocking than when it was announced that their would be an immediate rematch between McGregor and Nate Diaz. Diaz came in as an alternate for the Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos, who broke his foot during training. Diaz submitted McGregor at UFC 196 in the second round by rear-naked-choke
The news follows an announcement that McGregor made on Twitter about supposed retiring from MMA. McGregor tweeted, “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya later.” It wasn’t clear if McGregor was serious or meant it as a joke, but his coach John Cavanaugh released a statement saying, “It was fun while it last.”
UFC President Dana White decided to give his side of the story in a press release.
“Conor didn’t want to come to Las Vegas and be part of any promotional training. He’s in Iceland training. He felt leaving right now would hurt his training. But every other fighter on the card is coming. It doesn’t make you exempt. We spend a lot of money on this stuff…. Is Conor McGregor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know. But he will not be a part of UFC 200.”
“Obviously we still have a good relationship with Conor,” White continued. “I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can’t decide not to show up to these things. You have to do it.” Who will replace McGregor at UFC 200 remains to be seen.
Sources: (http://www.mmamania.com/2016/4/19/11464784/dana-white-conor-mcgregor-pulled-ufc-200-retirement-nate-diaz-mma), (http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/4/19/11464744/mma-news-dana-white-announces-conor-mcgregor-out-ufc-200-refused-press-conference?_ga=1.42997793.527278055.1432682209)