Thursday morning Conor McGregor broke his silence regarding his retirement and his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 200.
McGregor stated that the UFC’s media schedule for him ahead of the event was extremely tedious, and would have a significant impact on his training. McGregor believes that his media obligations ahead of UFC 196 sidetracked him from training, which ultimately contributed to his loss against Nate Diaz. McGregor left the ball in the UFC’s court, informing them that he is still ready to go for UFC 200, but he would not do the media obligations.
According to TMZ Sports, the UFC offered to fly McGregor to every destination on a private jet, and even offered to ship all of his gym equipment from Iceland where he is currently training, to Vegas. McGregor was unwilling to comply, and as a result, the fight with Diaz at UFC 200 has been called off. In addition, McGregor’s next fight is expected to be against the winner of Aldo vs. Edgar II.