The fight between Conor McGregor and UFC is getting murkier with each passing day. So is UFC on a disciplining spree by bumping out Conor McGregor from UFC 200?
At least Rich Franklin thinks so.
In an interview with ESPN, the former UFC middleweight champion said that the current situation between UFC and Conor McGregor is like that of a parent disciplining a child.
“Now, I don’t know the terms of Conor’s contract and I don’t know the conversations that were had but if I, as a promoter, had an agreement with a fighter to do a certain set of media and as the fighter got to thinking about it and said, ‘I don’t want to disrupt my camp,’ then we’d have an issue. The way Conor went about it, basically announcing his retirement — once the UFC pulled him and made that statement as the promoter, it’s kind of like disciplining a child. Once you’ve made a statement, consistency is probably the most important thing,” Franklin said, reports Bloody Elbow.
Franklin agrees with McGregor’s view that promotion at times derails training. However, according to him in such situations a fighter needs to be “creatively” handle such things.
“Obviously, there are certain media days you have to attend, but we live in a social media age where there are creative ways to do things,” Franklin said. “I’ve been on those media tours where you’re flying from city to city and it’s not easy and it can derail your training. You just have to creatively think of doing things in ways that minimize the amount of time he has to spent out of camp. There has to be flexibility.”
Conor McGregor was dropped from UFC 200 after he refused to promote his fight with Nate Diaz. UFC 200 is now slated to be headlined by Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier rematch.
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