Does the UFC need Conor McGregor more than McGregor needs the UFC? Or vice versa?
UFC president Dana White sent McGregor, and his entire roster for that matter, a stern message Tuesday by pulling McGregor from UFC 200 after his biggest cash cow refused to leave his training camp in Iceland and fly to Las Vegas to promote his July 9 rematch with Nate Diaz.
At that point, White’s power play didn’t really matter because McGregor had announced his “retirement” from MMA via Twitter hours earlier.
Fast forward 48 hours and McGregor issued a lengthy Facebook post explaining that, because he single-handedly carried the pre-fight promo load (or as McGregor put it, “hand out flyers”) over his past three outings to help generate $400 million for the UFC, they could give him some “leeway” just this one time in order to focus on training since he’s looking to rebound from March’s embarrassing submission loss to Diaz.
McGregor reiterated that he wasn’t retired and was still good to go for UFC 200.
Sure, McGregor didn’t board a plan for Friday’s UFC 200 press conference in Las Vegas, but his two social medial posts in as many days did more to hype UFC 200 than anything McGregor could have said at the presser. If that was the only reason McGregor was yanked from headlining the historic event, then he more than made up for it.
Speaking of tomorrow’s press conference. Some thought that after McGregor issued his rant on Facebook that the UFC would slide him right back into UFC 200’s featured attraction against Diaz. And after McGregor realized White was the wrong guy to test, he quickly mended fences with White, who would subsequently send the UFC’s private jet to bring his golden boy back to Sin City to hand out UFC 200 flyers.
Yeah, about that…
White doesn’t appear to have budged, so McGregor decided to make a move.
Late Thursday night, McGregor tweeted the above pic of himself posing on an Iceland street. Oh yeah, he also appears to be taunting his bosses by suggesting they need him more than he needs them.
“I’ve got my bills paid. My money made. And the entire game slayed. #YourMove,” McGregor wrote.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 22, 2016
Something tells me that this pissing contest has only just begun. White will likely return fire during tomorrow’s UFC 200 press conference, which can be streamed live right here on 5thRound.com at 5PM ET/2PM PT. Since McGregor won’t be there, it should start on time.