Despite UFC President Dana White saying Conor McGregor is unequivocally off UFC 200, the Irishman is still trying to push for the fight with Nate Diaz to be put back on.
In a post to Instagram Sunday, McGregor made his latest feelings clear.
“Nobody gives a fuck about these other fights until this one is settled,” wrote McGregor in the caption for the above video. “Cut the bullshit. Run it back. #RealFight”
Penick’s Analysis: The problem with McGregor’s assessment is that it wasn’t a fight that needed to be run back in the first place. Certainly not at 170 lbs, and though the casual fans would have and will still tune in in droves for the bout, it’s not the only fight to care about. It’s a big fight from a money standpoint, but it’s far from the only interesting fight to be put together. He more than anyone wants that fight to prove he could continue what he did in the first seven minutes of the bout, but Diaz stopping him in the second after hurting him first was a fairly definitive finish. At this stage the most sensible thing for the UFC to do is just book that fight again for either UFC 201 or UFC 202; then they’ll have two significant summer pay-per-views, and can still see McGregor turn around to fight in New York in November against the Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar winner.
[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]
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