Tuesday 27 September 2016

White leaves door open for McGregor

Ryan Nugent

Published 21/04/2016 | 02:30

Conor McGregor and his partner Dee Devlin. Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for David Yurman
Conor McGregor and his partner Dee Devlin. Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for David Yurman

UFC chief Dana White has left the door open for Conor McGregor to take part in UFC 200, despite the fighter announcing his 'retirement' from MMA.

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According to sources, the Dubliner is attempting to show the UFC that they need him more than he needs them, after White pulled him from UFC 200 for not fulfilling promotional commitments.

However, speaking last night, White did not rule McGregor out of the Las Vegas event.

"If he called me after this interview we'd probably still do it," he said.

However, the chances of McGregor getting in touch with the UFC chief are unlikely, given that he is looking to exert his influence over the company.

"Conor is in his training camp in Iceland and the UFC have a press conference in Las Vegas. He obviously wasn't able to make it because of his training camp and they've pulled him from it," a source said.

"I think Conor basically said that he doesn't really need them. They need him, so he's taken an early retirement," the source added.

However, it is unlikely the 'retirement' will be long-term according to the source, with White also confident that McGregor will fight at a UFC event again in the next year.

The power struggle between McGregor and the UFC has been ongoing, with McGregor saying in December "I am the company".

Irish Independent

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