Dana White appeared on ESPN SportsCenter to confirm that the UFC has pulled Conor McGregor from UFC 200 as McGregor didn’t want to come to Vegas and film the commercial or any part of the marketing.
This is not the first time this has happened, although it is extremely rare. Nick Diaz was pulled from UFC 137 for refusing to make required media appearances, as well.
Per Dana White, “I respect Conor as a fighter, and I like him as a person. But you can’t expect to not show up to these things.”
McGregor, who is currently training in Iceland, felt as if a trip to Vegas would hurt his training at this point in time and refused to attend this weekend’s mandatory press conference.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 18, 2016
As a result, the UFC decided pulled Conor from the card, likely leading to the infamous tweet about his alleged retirement, although it is technically not confirmed that the two stories are related.
As for Nate Diaz, who was scheduled to face McGregor in the main event, he and his team are still flying to Vegas tonight, as scheduled. The UFC brass is allegedly trying to find him a replacement opponent. No opponent has been announced at this time.
Furthermore, Dana White alluded to the possible addition of one more fight to the UFC 200 card. Reportedly, that additional fight is being worked on at this time, but no further information was given.
Stay tuned for more information as this story continues to develop.