When it comes to the theater between Conor McGregor and the UFC, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz can see both sides.
Last week, the UFC yanked McGregor off UFC 200 after the Irishman took a stand against doing an three-city media tour to promote his rematch with Nate Diaz. The disagreement between the two sides came to a head at a bizarre press conference in Las Vegas on Friday, and the UFC has since insisted that McGregor will remain off the event, despite a Twitter announcement declaring otherwise from the fighter.
Cruz is no stranger to UFC media tours. He has done several alongside Urijah Faber and T.J. Dillashaw over the past few years, and he understands the importance of the promotion the tours provide. However Cruz also sees where McGregor is coming from, and that things can change once a championship-level fighter suffers a devastating loss.
“You can’t really side with anybody,” Cruz said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I put myself in Conor’s shoes, I’ve lost a fight before. And when you lose a fight, it kind of puts you back to the drawing board. You hear that all the time, ‘I’m going to go back to the drawing board, I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that.’ When you lose a fight, you’ve got to change something. He realizes he’s human now after that loss. He realizes he can lose. He hit Nate (Diaz) with everything and the kitchen sink in that first round and Nate did not back up for one second. That’s a different type of fight.”
McGregor suffered a stunning defeat to Diaz at UFC 196, succumbing to a second-round rear-naked choke against an opponent fighting on less than two weeks’ notice.
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