Dana White may have won the UFC 200 battle, but the war against UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (pictured) has only just begun.
Outside of a generic tweet (“My name will forever reign”), McGregor has been radio silent since White officially slammed the door shut on allowing his cash cow to headline UFC 200 opposite Nate Diaz after announcing Wednesday that a light heavyweight rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and interim champ Jon Jones would now get top billing in the historic July 9 event.
McGregor broke his silence Sunday morning by challenging his bosses to give the fans what they want.
“Nobody gives a f*ck about these other fights until this one is settled. Cut the bulls**t. Run it back. #RealFight,” McGregor wrote on his verified Instagram account.
Nobody gives a fuck about these other fights until this one is settled. Cut the bullshit. Run it back. #RealFight
McGregor must understand now that it’s too late to get another crack at Diaz UFC 200, but that doesn’t mean the rematch can’t headline one of the UFC’s following shows. The sequel will happen, because business is business, but McGregor best believe there will be plenty of media obligations for that event too.
In fact, don’t be surprised if White sends McGregor another message by forcing his golden boy to do even more promotion for his next fight given the grief he caused White for UFC 200.
McGregor was initially slated fight Diaz at UFC 200, but “Notorious” was pulled from the lineup after he refused to hop the UFC’s private jet from Iceland to Las Vegas and promote the event. McGregor feels the UFC should give him some “leeway” just this one time so he can focus on trying to avenge March’s upset submission loss to Diaz, and he helped the UFC generate $400 million over his past three fights.
White didn’t budge and McGregor was left on the outside looking in.