Wednesday 21 February 2018

'I was like 'f*** you too then': Conor McGregor opens up on UFC rift in revealing interview

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

There has been a lot of speculation about Conor McGregor since the Dubliner tweeted about his 'retirement' last month before he was subsequently pulled from the marquee UFC 200 card after refusing to take part in a promotional press conference.

McGregor released a lengthy statement outlining his thought process after his rematch with Nate Diaz was shelved but an interview with ESPN aired today is the first time that the fighter has sat down to answer questions on the matter.

Reporter Kenny Mayne quizzed McGregor on a wide-range of subjects, with the Notorious particularly candid when speaking about the circumstances surrounding his much publicised farewell tweet.

"It was a publicised civil war," McGregor said of his disagreement with UFC boss Dana White.

"I already made you [the UFC] 400 million last week. That was only last week that fight [with Nate Diaz]. And now you want me to go [to the press conference]?

"I need to get right, that is how it all came about. I just wanted to focus and I was deep in the process. I tell you want, it blew up. I was just kind of having fun with it at the start. It was just have hearted and then it just kind of went [McGregor makes noise of a rocket taking off]. And then all of a sudden you are off [UFC] 200 and I was like 'f*** you too then'.

"It was fun seeing it all blow up like that, it was amusing for a while."

It is not known when McGregor will fight again, with talks between Diaz and the UFC regarding a rematch apparently going poorly during the week. After having time to reflect, McGregor regrets not adhering to the promotional duties that his UFC 200 megafight was reliant on.

"There were times seeing the press conferences take place and I was like, I should have just jumped on the damn flight," he said.

"I should have just stuck it out and went with it."

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