It appears Conor McGregor trolled everyone late Sunday night when he tweeted, “Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200! Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans.”
According to UFC president Dana White (pictured), he hasn’t spoken to McGregor or his representatives since McGregor decided he didn’t want to make the trek from Iceland to Las Vegas for Friday’s UFC 200 press conference. Once and for all, White said McGregor will not appear in the July 9 event against Nate Diaz.
“It’s not true,” White told TMZ Sports of McGregor’s tweet. “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.”
White pulled McGregor from the historic show last Tuesday after McGregor refused to hop on the UFC’s private jet to Vegas in order to film promos for his rematch with Diaz.
McGregor believes that focusing on his training to avenge March’s upset submission loss to Diaz is in his best interest, not to “hand out flyers.” Furthermore, the UFC featherweight champion thinks that because he helped the UFC generate $400 million in his last three fights that the promotion should give him some “leeway” just this one time.
White isn’t budging, and it appears McGregor isn’t either.
White reiterated multiple times at Friday’s press conference that McGregor would not fight at UFC 200 because “it wouldn’t be fair” to all the other fighters who made the trip to Las Vegas for the presser. However, White added that all of the card’s other participants still wanted McGregor in the event given his star power.
White said the UFC is currently looking for a new opponent for Diaz, but Diaz is adamant that it’s McGregor or bust at UFC 200.