Turns out Conor McGregor’s retirement lasted about 45 hours. On Thursday, just a day before the UFC 200 press conference he refused to attend so he could focus on training, McGregor reenlisted himself into the ranks of the active. He put out a declarative statement regarding his stance. Let’s deconstruct that statement, just so we can (hopefully) gain a little perspective. Starting at the beginning, which was loaded.
“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.”
See, the thing is when Nick Diaz got lopped out of his title fight with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137 for missing media events, it was a little different. Diaz was coming back to the UFC after fighting in Strikeforce, where he was the welterweight champion. Him fighting under the UFC banner was novel, and the promotional champion against champion motif was hot in the air. The need to have Diaz on hand was obvious. There was a want of footage, of soundbites, of live airborne hostility to market.
Back then Dana White, who subbed Carlos Condit in for Diaz with parental authority, declared that he just wanted Stockton’s finest to “play the game a little bit.” Diaz, Dana would swiftly learn, doesn’t go in for selling “wolf tickets” (and even when he does, it’s but reluctantly).
McGregor was pulled out of his UFC 200 rematch with Nick’s kid brother Nate because of similar insubordination. The difference is McGregor’s already played the game a lot of bit. As in, masterfully — better than any UFC fighter before him. He’s engaged in world tours to promote a fight against Jose Aldo, and kicked his feet up in Brazil ….View full article
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