Friday 20 April 2018

'It's not true'- Dana White confirms AGAIN that Conor McGregor will not fight at UFC 200

Conor McGregor. Photo: Getty
Conor McGregor. Photo: Getty

Tom Rooney

Dana White has confirmed that Conor McGregor is still not fighting at UFC 200, and claimed to have been caught unawares by the Dubliner’s tweet to the contrary this morning.

Of course, McGregor took to twitter at roughly 6am to inform the world that he had been reinstated on the July 9 card, and went so far as to thank his Zuffa employers for brining him back into the fold.

It proved the featherweight champion’s latest act of brinkmanship via social media over the past week, in what appears to be a struggle for power between him and UFC.

The Crumlin native announced his retirement last Tuesday on Twitter, only to retract the statement two days later.

On Wednesday, Dana White informed the world that his prized asset had been withdrawn from a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200, because he refused to leave his training base in Iceland to attend Saturday’s promotional event for the showcase, which will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

McGregor continued to tweet to great effect while the conference was on-going and, even in his conspicuous absence, dominated proceedings.

Dana White, who was in Boston last night, would have been woken to more questions about the wayward star, and told TMZ in no uncertain terms that McGregor was in no way competing at UFC 200.

“It’s not true. We haven’t talked to Conor or his manager since the press conference. I don’t know why he would tweet that.

“All the media keeps asking me that. I feel like the scene in ‘Step Brothers’ when they ask if they can build the bunk beds. I don’t know how many more times I can say the fight is off or how many more press conferences I can have saying the fight is off for people to believe it’s off.”

Earlier today, McGregor’s teammate Paddy Holohan announced his immediate retirement from MMA due to a rare blood clotting disorder

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