After retiring from MMA and being pulled from UFC 200 for refusing to fulfill his media obligations on Tuesday, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor finally released a statement regarding the situation.
McGregor explained that the issue between himself and the UFC was a result of him not wanting to take away from his training by doing another world tour. Ultimately, McGregor left the decision of whether or not he will fight in the UFC’s hands, offering to do media obligations, but not another world tour at the expense of his training.
Yesterday however, before McGregor’s statement, UFC pound for pound kingpin Jon Jones supported McGregor for standing up for what he believes in.
He spoke to Fox Sports:
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“Hats off to him for standing up for what he believes is right,” Jones told FOX Sports on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, business is business and the guy obviously has respect for himself and his talent and fights like this will help fighters in the future. I respect his willingness to fight for what’s right.”