John Kavanagh: “I’m 51% optimistic that Conor McGregor fights at UFC 200”

We have gone back and forth all day today and to be honest, it’s becoming tiresome.

To set the context, following last week’s retirement tweet and then his removal from UFC 200, Conor McGregor tweeted on this morning that he was back on the card for UFC 200 and shouted out UFC President Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta on ‘getting this one one for the fans’.

Following the tweet, late Monday evening Dana White refuted McGregor’s claims saying that the Dublin native will not take part at UFC 200 at this moment.

However, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh appeared on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday and suggested that the camp are still hoping the Diaz fight happens at UFC 200.

“I’m 51 percent optimistic and 49 percent pessimistic, if you want to know my feelings on it,” Kavanagh told Helwani

Kavanagh thinks that there could have been compromises in place, especially with the technology we have these days in terms of travelling across the world for a 30 minute press conference.

“The way the world is now, you don’t have to be physically at places to be involved in things, I don’t know what this obsession is with Vegas. UFC is a global sport, not a Vegas sport. I don’t see why everything has to be done there.”

Kavanagh went onto talk about the fans and how much everyone wants to see Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 at UFC 200.

“Is there anyone in the MMA world that didn’t want to see that fight?” Kavanagh said. “Was there the need to spend $10 million on that ad?”


It now looks like from the outside that the relationship between the UFC and Conor McGregor maybe slightly frayed, however Kavanaugh says there is mutual respect from both sides.

“I don’t think we’ve gone past any point of no return,” Kavanagh said. “There’s mutual respect from both parties. Dana and Lorenzo and those guys are sensible businessmen. This is just one of those things. I have no doubt that we’ll continue with the tradition for his next fight. Lorenzo will bring in his bottle of Midleton [whiskey] and we’ll do our usual toast and we’ll carry on.”

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