(Reuters) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White has ruled out any chance of Conor McGregor fighting on the UFC 200 card, despite the Irish combatant, backtracking on his retirement was training to confront Nate Diaz.
McGregor was expected to confront Diaz in a welterweight rematch on July 9 but was pulled from the card in Vegas, after he refused to travel to Nevada for promotional appearances.
McGregor, who soared through the positions that are featherweight before knocking winner Jose Aldo of Brazil out in 13 seconds in December, has become the UFC s hottest property with his hideous trash talking and fighting abilities that are brutal.
White admitted McGregor’s value to the UFC but said he’d not be fighting on the card.
“I need him to fight, but it’s not appropriate,” White said. “Conor has a tremendous fan base, people love to see him fight… But UFC 200 will go on (without him).”
In the same week, the Irishman suggested a retirement, and criticized the media circus surrounding the sport. Afterwards the clarified that he intends to continue fighting.
On his Facebook page, McGregor said that media and promotional duties had become a distraction.
“I’ve become lost in the match of promotion and forgot about the craft of fighting,” he said. “There comes a time when you should quit handing out flyers and get back to the darn store.”
Diaz, who stunned McGregor in their fight in March, said he wasn’t interested in meeting anyone else and would instead go “on holiday.”