It appears that there will be no salvaging the original UFC 200 main event.
According to TMZ.com, the Las Vegas-based promotion has officially canceled the welterweight headliner pitting Conor McGregor against Nate Diaz on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena. The report comes on the heels of McGregor’s Facebook statement in which he said was “ready to go for UFC 200.”
During a series of media appearances on Wednesday, Dana White left the door open for McGregor to get back on the UFC 200 card. However, the UFC President was adamant that the featherweight champion would need to participate in promotional obligations. According to his statement, McGregor was willing to strike a compromise that would cut back on some of those duties.
“It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way,” he wrote. “I feel the $400 million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside eight months, is enough to get me this slight leeway. I am still ready to go for UFC 200.
“I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and I will go back into training. With no distractions.”
The UFC is planning a three-city media tour for its bicentennial event that includes stops in Las Vegas, Stockton, Calif., and New York. According to the TMZ report, the promotion offered to fly McGregor to each stop on a private jet while shipping all of his gym equipment from Iceland in order to simulate his training environment. McGregor did not accept those terms and was reportedly “shocked” when the UFC refused to grant him leeway in terms of media requirements.
The UFC has yet to make an official announcement regarding the UFC 200 headliner. After McGregor issued his initial retirement tweet earlier this week, White appeared on “SportsCenter” to reveal that the Irishman had been pulled from the event and that a new opponent was being sought for Diaz.
McGregor is expected to have to defend his title against the Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar winner when he does return, according to the report.