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McGregor released a 649 word statement earlier today, stating his reasons for not wanting to go to Las Vegas to do promotional work for UFC 200. The full statement can be read here.
Following the announcement, Dana White appeared on SportsCenter to announce that the UFC had pulled Conor McGregor from his main event slot at UFC 200 where he was scheduled to face Nate Diaz in a rematch of their UFC 196 bout, which Diaz won via submission.
In his statement, McGregor talks about only being paid to fight, and has not yet been paid to promote.
“I am just trying to do my job and fight here. 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. 50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I’m left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation.”
McGregor went on to mention how much money he had made the UFC in the last 8 months alone, and has also agreed to fly to New York for the “Big Press Conference”
“I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway. I am still ready to go for UFC 200. I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions. If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don’t know what to say.”
The way the situation sits now, the UFC can have McGregor on UFC 200, however he needs time to train and prepare and spend less time on promotional work on the “Tim and Suzie on the nobody gives a fuck morning show”.