So what do we have here?… A breach of contract in Conor’s apparent refusal to attend the press conference in Las Vegas later this week? Conor simply does not wish to break his training regime? (currently in Iceland.) Has the tragic passing of Joao Carvalho after his fight at the TEF-MMA event, which took place Saturday 9th April at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin had an adverse affect on Conor’s outlook? All this amidst speculation from some that this is Conor and his management attempting to renegotiate their terms for UFC200. Lets break it down a little with the limited information we have.
Coach he sun still rose today”. Whilst this is entirely true, as a UFC fan, you can’t help but wonder, just who’s back yard it hit first. So, Is The Sun Shining On The UFC Or McGregor?
UFC197 and the return of Jon Bones Jones this coming weekend has seemingly been engulfed by the shade created from Conor’s tweet, so he’s out. Not that Bones has seen much sun lately anyway.
Dana White, UFC President stated that the UFC pulled Conor due to his unwillingness to attent this weekends presser, but that came after the tweet of all tweets. Dana also felt the need to express his feeling toward conor, he said “As far as I’m concerned, we still have a good relationship with Conor”.
I on the other hand just don’t get it, the irony being that they just managed between them to snuff UFC197 out of the sun mid fight week whilst promoting UFC200 better than they would have if Conor had shown up for the conference. This is either a huge business balls up or a stroke of absolute marketing genius! (Remains to be seen.)
Conor has spoken about how he hates the long ass flights to LA in the past and that he’s looking forward to New York now the bill has been passed. Maybe that’s simply a factor.
Lets say for arguments sake we are in Dana’s shoes right now. We make the headline fight we feel will best represent the UFC for UFC200. Commercial dates are set, billboard production at the ready, marketing merchandise and a conference they no doubt spent a shit load more on. How exactly can you still then respect the guy that just pulled on you! Living in hope? Yes, this man has made you money and could potentially continue to do so but he just cost your outfit dearly then claims he’s retired. So, unless this is simply McGregor throwing a joker at the pack in order that he create a hype train for UFC200, I don’t really see how the sun is shining on the UFC right now.
So, then it would certainly appear to me that McGregor’s sat on a pretty pile of cash sunning himself up in errr… Iceland.
Reasons for Conor’s unwillingness to attend upcoming conference could be an indication that he could well be mid morality check due to his recent experience at TEF-MMA. Stranger things could happen. I witnessed a suicide in my mid twenties only to spend the next two months going into myself on quite an intense trip (life/death.) We each deal with things differently and Joao’s passing is certain to have stripped numerous nerves when, your in attendance, your team mate is directly involved and to top it off, it’s what you do for a living. Conors heartfelt tweet/FB post last week is testament to his feelings on the subject.
Certainly this is all something to consider, though he is in Iceland apparently ‘training’, so whilst this could well suggest he’s getting his head down and back to business, he could also be there in support of his team mate Gunnar Nelson or simply taking time out away from the media circus that no doubt follows him around Dublin. Speculating on this really just spins the head, as Conor would say “it is what it is” and I’m sure we will all find out from the man himself in due course.
There are rumblings from some that this is a UFC200 contract renegotiation gone sour. Sour how, or for whom, the man is set for life, if he wanted to retire, he’s pretty damn comfortable in the grand scheme of things. I wouldn’t sweat it.
We’ve had recent rumblings of a possible UFC sale. We have Mayweather mentioning that he wants to increase MMA fighters’ paychecks and more recently stating “Its time for him to start promoting MMA fights”.