It appears Conor McGregor (pictured) has put the horse before the cart. In other words, he spoke before getting his boss’ permission.
Late Wednesday night, McGregor announced via Twitter that he’s battling Diego Sanchez at UFC 180.
“I am fighting @DiegoSanchezUFC in Mexico, November 15th,” McGregor wrote. “He spoke a big game. Now he will pay with his career. VIVA LA EIRE!!!”
UFC officials didn’t confirm the matchup, but ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto spoke with UFC president Dana White shortly after McGregor’s tweet and quickly killed the outspoken Irishman’s chatter.
“Dana White on Conor in Mexico: That kid is nuts. No he’s not. He wants to but he’s not,” Okamoto posted.
Nonetheless, McGregor must have heard something through the grapevine because Sanchez was originally slated to meet Norman Parke in the November 15 event. No official word on what Parke’s status is for the UFC’s debut in Mexico.
McGregor is just four days removed from demolishing Dustin Poirier at UFC 178. Sanchez, meanwhile, snapped his two-bout skid with a split decision win over Ross Pearson in June.
He and McGregor had some memorable Twitter exchanges earlier this year, so that’s why the UFC’s current flavor of the month is anxious to get in the cage with Sanchez.
UFC 180 takes place inside Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Augusto Montano vs. TBD
Jessica Eye vs. Leslie Smith
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Erik Perez vs. Marcus Brimage
Ricardo Lamas vs. Dennis Bermudez
Diego Sanchez vs. Norman Parke
Jake Ellenberger vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez (UFC heavyweight champion)