Thursday 27 October 2016

Reports: Conor McGregor forgoes €8.9m payday as Diaz rematch is permanently cancelled

Published 21/04/2016 | 17:50

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Reports are suggesting that the UFC have completely scrapped Conor McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz and, upon his return to fighting, the Dubliner will defend the featherweight title against Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo.

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TMZ, citing well-placed sources in the UFC, reported that McGregor was set to earn $10m for the main event showdown with Diaz, and suggested that they were willing to meet McGregor’s every demand so as his training would not be disrupted while promoting UFC 200, but he was unmoved by their accommodations.

It is suggested that the UFC were offering to exactly replicate the training apparatus McGregor uses in Dublin and Iceland, but in Las Vegas, where they had hoped to base him during a media tour. However, McGregor was apparently unwilling to meet their requests.

The Website also claimed that McGregor, via his Facebook post earlier today, clearly stated that he was not retiring because the US Anti-Doping Agency mandate that fighters must wait at least four months after coming out of retirement before they can compete again.

UFC president Dana White is said to have told Colin Cowherd that the sequel with Diaz, that McGregor so desperately wanted, is now off the table.

Instead, his next bout, whenever that may be, will be the first defence of his featherweight crown  against either Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo.

McGregor usurped Aldo last December at UFC 194 with a stunning knockout after just 13 seconds. The Brazilian will meet Edgar at UFC 200 to fight for the interim title, the victor of which will face McGregor in a unification bout.

This could well go ahead in November at Madison Square Garden for the UFC’s first event in New York.

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