Tuesday 25 October 2016

'Your move' - Conor McGregor in fresh taunt at UFC bosses

Harry Clarke

Published 22/04/2016 | 08:45

Conor McGregor with coach John Kavanagh
Conor McGregor with coach John Kavanagh

Get ready for the ultimate sporting stand-off. Just hours after he announced that he would NOT be retiring, Conor McGregor took to Instagram to put the ball firmly back in the corner of the UFC.

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The Notorious tweeted his 'retirement' on Wednesday evening and in turn, the UFC announced that the Irishman had been pulled UFC 200 - where he was due to headline the event in a rematch with Nate Diaz.

Last night McGregor issued a lengthy statement via Facebook, which pointed the finger of blame firmly at the UFC. McGregor stated that he would not commit himself to the promotional work for the fight as he wanted to put all his efforts into training for the eagerly-awaited clash with Diaz.

McGregor's coach John Kavanagh then got involved on Twitter when he asked McGregor fans: "Ur call now. You are the customers. What do you want? Press conferences or fights? Make some noise because we're ready to do the damn thing!"

Kavanagh's call to arms had the desired effect, as UFC chief Dana White was drowned in Twitter messages from McGregor fans who let their feelings on the whole fiasco be known.

McGregor has since issued another message to the UFC, when he posted on Instagram: "I've got my bills paid. My money made. And the entire game slayed. #YourMove".

Kavanagh joined in, posting a meme with the message: "Let them fight."

The strategy from the McGregor camp is clear. They will fight on their own terms and have the baying mob on their side. The question now is if the UFC will hold firm or buckle under the growing pressure - both from a financial viewpoint and from their own support base.

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