Reports Indicate Conor McGregor Will Fight Again

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With news that Conor McGregor is out of UFC 200 due to his refusal to promote the fight, and his surprising retirement tweet, it is now reported that McGregor will fight again soon.

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has tweeted that McGregor will fight again in the near future with no specific date or set timeline.

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Helwani has been spot on with most of his speculations and reports being the first to know about the Diaz/McGregor rematch. Dana White went on “The Herd” earlier today to discuss in detail what happened between the UFC and McGregor.

“I don’t think he’s retiring,” Dana White said to Colin Cowherd. “I think he’ll fight with us within the next year.”

Dana White has assured MMA fans that he is in charge despite many feeling he “cuddles” and plays favorites with his superstars. The last time a fighter was pulled out of a card due to failure to promote a fight was Nate Diaz’s older brother Nick at UFC 137 (he eventually was put back on the card).

McGregor has not had a follow up tweet or major TV announcement to indicate to fans on whether or not he is in fact retired. Stay tuned to mmanews.com for the latest on these developments!

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With news that Conor McGregor is out of UFC 200 due to his refusal to promote the fight, and his surprising retirement tweet, it is now reported that McGregor will fight again soon.

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has tweeted that McGregor will fight again in the near future with no specific date or set timeline.

Helwani has been spot on with most of his speculations and reports being the first to know about the Diaz/McGregor rematch. Dana White went on “The Herd” earlier today to discuss in detail what happened between the UFC and McGregor.

“I don’t think he’s retiring,” Dana White said to Colin Cowherd. “I think he’ll fight with us within the next year.”

Dana White has assured MMA fans that he is in charge despite many feeling he “cuddles” and plays favorites with his superstars. The last time a fighter was pulled out of a card due to failure to promote a fight was Nate Diaz’s older brother Nick at UFC 137 (he eventually was put back on the card).

McGregor has not had a follow up tweet or major TV announcement to indicate to fans on whether or not he is in fact retired. Stay tuned to mmanews.com for the latest on these developments!

Second Episode In UFC 197 “Embedded” Series

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We get to see the stars of UFC 197 in their natural environments in the second episode of “Embedded.”

Jon Jones relaxes at home before departing for Las Vegas, while his opponent, Ovinc…

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We get to see the stars of UFC 197 in their natural environments in the second episode of “Embedded.”

Jon Jones relaxes at home before departing for Las Vegas, while his opponent, Ovince Saint Preux, attends a college football game at his alma mater.

Same holds true for the co-main event, which will feature Henry Cejudo and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Video: Dana White Tells Full Story Behind Pulling Conor McGregor From UFC 200

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According to UFC President Dana White, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor could still compete at the landmark UFC 200 event in July if he wants.

After making the announcement that McGregor had been pulled from the UFC 200 main event, where he was scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a 170-pound rematch of their first meeting at UFC 196, White made additional media rounds where he elaborated on what went down earlier this week.

“So, Conor basically said that he, he didn’t want to come to Las Vegas,” White told Cowherd. “We had a tour planned. We were going to start in Vegas. We were going to then go to Stockton, and then New York. And then he could go back to, you know, to Iceland, where he is right now.

“And he said, ‘I don’t want to do it. I’m not going to come.’ And I was basically saying, ‘You have to come.’ In the history of us owning the UFC, there’s been one time that a guy hasn’t shown up for his press conference, and it was [Nick] Diaz vs. [longtime UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre] GSP [ahead of UFC 137]. I pulled [Nick] Diaz from the fight. You can’t not show up to promote your fight.”

White continued, explaining that despite the outcome, the talks between the UFC and McGregor’s camp “never turned foul.”

It never got combative, and I was talking to his manager,” White said. “They were asking to move all this stuff to May, and you can’t move this. This stuff is in motion. All fans care about is the fights, and that’s all they should care about. Any fan of the UFC [knows] that this happened once before when I pulled Nick Diaz from the fight.

“Everyone likes to talk about how I coddle Conor, and I baby Conor, and Conor can do whatever he wants and all this stuff. No, no you can’t. We do give Conor a lot of leeway because Conor delivers. He wasn’t planning on delivering this weekend and I had to pull him. That’s what had to be done.”

According to White, the relationship between the UFC and McGregor hasn’t been damaged at all, despite the series of events that transpired this week.

“Our relationship isn’t damaged at all,” White said. “…I’m not even mad a little bit. I had pretty smooth day…. When Conor went out, 10 other people called asking to go in. It’s going to be a massive event. It’s still a big fight. No, I’m not mad at all.”

When asked if he thinks McGregor will ever fight again, as he claimed he was “retiring young” in a tweet posted on Tuesday afternoon, White simply responded, “I do.” He then pointed out the fact that if he wanted to, McGregor could still compete at UFC 200.

“Yeah, if he called me after this interview, we would probably still do it,” White said. “The problem with this whole thing is you have to be here to promote your fight and you have to shoot this commercial. We’re spending $10 million in promotion for UFC 200, and all that money is motion. You can’t do this. I don’t care who you are, or how big you are, you can’t do this.”

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According to UFC President Dana White, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor could still compete at the landmark UFC 200 event in July if he wants.

After making the announcement that McGregor had been pulled from the UFC 200 main event, where he was scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a 170-pound rematch of their first meeting at UFC 196, White made additional media rounds where he elaborated on what went down earlier this week.

“So, Conor basically said that he, he didn’t want to come to Las Vegas,” White told Cowherd. “We had a tour planned. We were going to start in Vegas. We were going to then go to Stockton, and then New York. And then he could go back to, you know, to Iceland, where he is right now.

“And he said, ‘I don’t want to do it. I’m not going to come.’ And I was basically saying, ‘You have to come.’ In the history of us owning the UFC, there’s been one time that a guy hasn’t shown up for his press conference, and it was [Nick] Diaz vs. [longtime UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre] GSP [ahead of UFC 137]. I pulled [Nick] Diaz from the fight. You can’t not show up to promote your fight.”

White continued, explaining that despite the outcome, the talks between the UFC and McGregor’s camp “never turned foul.”

It never got combative, and I was talking to his manager,” White said. “They were asking to move all this stuff to May, and you can’t move this. This stuff is in motion. All fans care about is the fights, and that’s all they should care about. Any fan of the UFC [knows] that this happened once before when I pulled Nick Diaz from the fight.

“Everyone likes to talk about how I coddle Conor, and I baby Conor, and Conor can do whatever he wants and all this stuff. No, no you can’t. We do give Conor a lot of leeway because Conor delivers. He wasn’t planning on delivering this weekend and I had to pull him. That’s what had to be done.”

According to White, the relationship between the UFC and McGregor hasn’t been damaged at all, despite the series of events that transpired this week.

“Our relationship isn’t damaged at all,” White said. “…I’m not even mad a little bit. I had pretty smooth day…. When Conor went out, 10 other people called asking to go in. It’s going to be a massive event. It’s still a big fight. No, I’m not mad at all.”

When asked if he thinks McGregor will ever fight again, as he claimed he was “retiring young” in a tweet posted on Tuesday afternoon, White simply responded, “I do.” He then pointed out the fact that if he wanted to, McGregor could still compete at UFC 200.

“Yeah, if he called me after this interview, we would probably still do it,” White said. “The problem with this whole thing is you have to be here to promote your fight and you have to shoot this commercial. We’re spending $10 million in promotion for UFC 200, and all that money is motion. You can’t do this. I don’t care who you are, or how big you are, you can’t do this.”

Video: Chael Sonnen Predicts UFC Trying To Get GSP As McGregor’s UFC 200 Replacement

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During a recent Facebook Live Chat, former UFC title contender turned MMA analyst and podcast host Chael Sonnen shared his unfiltered opinion on the ongoing Conor McGregor/UFC situation.

According to Sonnen, McGregor is merely in the midst of negotiating with the UFC, and he picked the wrong guys to “bluff” with what he suspects is a fake retirement threat.

“He might really be done…I don’t know if he wants to be done,” said Sonnen in response to McGregor’s retirement statement on Tuesday. “This was a negotiation tool. But he called the bluff of the wrong guys. These are gamblers man, there’s rules in Vegas. If you say bet you have a bet. I mean that. You go to a casino, you don’t put your money down, you tell the pit boss ‘I want that bet’ if he yells the word bet you have a bet. And it goes both ways. If you win it he’ll pay you…Anytime you go into a negotiation and you call someone’s bluff, man you better mean it because this is what can happen.”

Additionally, Sonnen believes that UFC is “blowing up” the phone of former Welterweight king Georges St-Pierre to potentially replace McGregor at the landmark UFC 200 event, where “The Notorious” one was scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in an immediate rematch at 170 pounds.

“Who’s a good replacement for Conor? I guarantee you Georges St.-Pierre’s phone is blowing up right now and he’s getting a big offer,” said Sonnen. “That’s the guy they’re gonna go after.”

You can watch Sonnen’s complete Facebook video chat above.

UFC 200 is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make sure to join MMANews.con on 7/9 for the best UFC 200 live results coverage on the web!

H/T to MMAFighting.com for transcribing the above quotes.

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During a recent Facebook Live Chat, former UFC title contender turned MMA analyst and podcast host Chael Sonnen shared his unfiltered opinion on the ongoing Conor McGregor/UFC situation.

According to Sonnen, McGregor is merely in the midst of negotiating with the UFC, and he picked the wrong guys to “bluff” with what he suspects is a fake retirement threat.

“He might really be done…I don’t know if he wants to be done,” said Sonnen in response to McGregor’s retirement statement on Tuesday. “This was a negotiation tool. But he called the bluff of the wrong guys. These are gamblers man, there’s rules in Vegas. If you say bet you have a bet. I mean that. You go to a casino, you don’t put your money down, you tell the pit boss ‘I want that bet’ if he yells the word bet you have a bet. And it goes both ways. If you win it he’ll pay you…Anytime you go into a negotiation and you call someone’s bluff, man you better mean it because this is what can happen.”

Additionally, Sonnen believes that UFC is “blowing up” the phone of former Welterweight king Georges St-Pierre to potentially replace McGregor at the landmark UFC 200 event, where “The Notorious” one was scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in an immediate rematch at 170 pounds.

“Who’s a good replacement for Conor? I guarantee you Georges St.-Pierre’s phone is blowing up right now and he’s getting a big offer,” said Sonnen. “That’s the guy they’re gonna go after.”

You can watch Sonnen’s complete Facebook video chat above.

UFC 200 is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make sure to join MMANews.con on 7/9 for the best UFC 200 live results coverage on the web!

H/T to MMAFighting.com for transcribing the above quotes.

Programming Reminder: Set The DVR, As The Ultimate Fighter Returns This Evening

Back for another season, The Ultimate Fighter debuts tonight with the elimination bouts to get into the house.

Sixteen male light heavyweights and 16 female strawweights will compete over the next several weeks to join the company of Ultimate Fighte…

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Back for another season, The Ultimate Fighter debuts tonight with the elimination bouts to get into the house.

Sixteen male light heavyweights and 16 female strawweights will compete over the next several weeks to join the company of Ultimate Fighter winners.

Coaches are UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and her challenger, Claudia Gadelha.

The series debuts on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET and will run each Wednesday night hereafter until completion around the end of June.

Demetrious Johnson-Henry Cejudo Preview Courtesy “Inside The Octagon”

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Henry Cejudo get the “Inside the Octagon” treatment now ahead of Saturday’s UFC 197 bout.

John Gooden and former UFC title challenger Dan Hardy offer up insight and preview the co-main event f…

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UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Henry Cejudo get the “Inside the Octagon” treatment now ahead of Saturday’s UFC 197 bout.

John Gooden and former UFC title challenger Dan Hardy offer up insight and preview the co-main event fight in the video below: