UFC president Dana White announced Friday (April 22) that Nate Diaz will remain on the UFC 200 card, but he will not be fighting Conor McGregor.
Despite White’s announcement, Diaz has something else in mind. He wants to fight McGregor… or not fight at all. “I came here to fight Conor. I’m not real interested in anyone else.”
The UFC later said that they had pulled McGregor from the bill, because he refused to fly to Las Vegas to participate in promotional obligations.
“We try to give as much leeway as we can on things, but you have to show up and promote the fight,” White said Friday. “Is it too much to ask to shoot a commercial for the fight? A lot of these guys came here from different parts of the world. But, you know, these guys all came. They have better things to do, and they’re here. It’s part of the job.
“We gave Conor every opportunity in the world to be here, too. … I respect Conor very much as a fighter, and I like him, but you have to show up.”
McGregor later responded, via Twitter, writing: “Everyone flew in. Respect. But not everyone up there made the company 400million in 8 months.”
With a Diaz-McGregor rematch canceled, White said that it is “possible” that light heavyweights Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier could fight at UFC 200 as the headliner if Jones wins his fight Saturday against Ovince Saint Preux.