Conor McGregor caused a stir this week when he took to Twitter, posting a comment that sounded as if he had just retired. On Thursday, McGregor cleared up some of the speculation, declaring that he is not retired, but fueled the flames of what is quickly becoming a huge rift between the fighter and the UFC.
UFC president Dana White explained pulling McGregor from the UFC 200 fight card by saying that his top star didn’t want to promote his rematch with Nate Diaz.
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In saying that he is not retired, McGregor admitted to feeling like he needed to be selfish and focus on his training, suggesting the UFC should have “the other monkeys dance” for this one.
Here is Conor McGregor’s statement, which he issued via his Facebook page on Thursday:
“I am just trying to do my job and fight here.
I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote.
I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting.
There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.
50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I’m left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation. And the many distractions that led to this. Nothing else was going through my mind.
It is time to go back and live the life that got me ….View full article