A meeting between the UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta took place last night in Los Angeles and following the meeting, UFC president Dana White tweeted a picture of himself and Lorenzo on a private jet with a smiley face.
— Dana White (@danawhite) May 19, 2016
We presume the meeting with the featherweight king and the UFC brass went well.
McGregor was scheduled to face Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in a rematch of their UFC 196 contest which Diaz won via submission in the second round. However, McGregor was not willing to interrupt him training schedule to fly to Las Vegas to promote the contest and was subsequently removed from the card.
Following the removal from the card, McGregor suddenly tweeted his retirement from competition. Soon after however, McGregor un-retired and asked the UFC to have his schedule lightened in the lead up to fights so he could focus on training and was asked to be put back on UFC 200 however the UFC reufesed to budge, booking Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 as the main event at UFC 200 replacing Diaz vs. McGregor 2.
When asked about McGregor on ESPN’s SportsCenter, the UFC president said his relationship with the Irish star is great, however there is no chance the the Dublin native will fight on UFC 200.
“He will not be on UFC 200,” White said. “Not at all. That ship sailed. But we’ve put that behind us, and we’re in a good place with Conor, and we’re looking to make his next fight. We should have that done tonight.”Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Desmond Green & Matteo Urella.