LAS VEGAS — From the beginning, Jon Jones had a feeling the dispute between the UFC and featherweight champion Conor McGregor was about more than retirement. He proved to be right.
“Of course he’s not retiring,” Jones said of McGregor on Thursday. “No way.
“God gave us these gifts. We’ve got to use these things. So, yeah, that was easy. I knew he wasn’t retiring.”
The rift between McGregor and the UFC has raged on throughout UFC 197 fight week. Two days after the UFC pulled McGregor out of UFC 200 for refusing to fly from Iceland to the United States to promote his rematch against Nate Diaz, McGregor responded by posting a lengthy statement on Facebook in which he rescinded his retirement tweet and expressed a desire to reach a compromise with the UFC.
Rather than embark on a three-city media tour, McGregor offered to attend a scheduled press conference next week in New York, then return to Iceland to resume his training camp for Diaz. McGregor cited the heavy promotional burden he has carried for the UFC over the last several years as reason for the request.
Jones has done his own fair share of media tours for big fights, so he can empathize with McGregor’s position. However he also sees obligations like what UFC is asking of McGregor as a means to an otherwise worthwhile end.
“They’re grueling,” Jones said. “They’re really grueling. And it can be distracting at times. You’re talking about your fight. Your opponent is listening to your interviews, understanding your psychology. A lot of things, you want to try to keep yourself mysterious, because the more interviews you do, you’re giving out your psychology. You’re being asked a lot of the same questions. Your workout schedule is altered. Your eating patterns ….View full article
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