Sunday 18 February 2018

John Kavanagh sends brilliantly cheeky tweet on the treatment of Conor McGregor after UFC 200 main event falls apart

John Kavanagh with Conor McGregor; Sportsfile
John Kavanagh with Conor McGregor; Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Irish UFC fans woke up to a familiar feeling of crushing disappointment this morning after the overnight news that the Jon Jones v Daniel Cormier megafight at UFC 200 has been cancelled.

Jones, who was only going to be fighting for the second time since January 2015, was pulled from the marquee card after a potential doping violation.

One of the most frustrating elements of MMA is the number of changes that cards undergo from the time they are announced - something that Conor McGregor fans know well.

In fact, the Dubliner's rematch with Nate Diaz had originally been pencilled in as the headline contest at UFC 200, but that fight was axed after a disagreement between McGregor and UFC supremo Dana White over the Notorious' attendance at a pre-fight press conference.

Given that the UFC's back-up plan has now been scuppered too, it is worth wondering whether White's strident stance on McGregor's media commitments was ultimately worth it.

McGregor's coach John Kavanagh certainly thought it was a question worth asking, as he sent a cheeky emoji-filled tweet after the Jones news broke.

For his part, White responded promptly and emphatically - although even if he doesn't regret reprimanding McGregor, it has still resulted in the UFC's biggest ever event lacking some of its major stars.

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