UFC superstar Conor McGregor confirms that he has not yet decided to retire from fighting inside the Octagon and explains that he is a “fighter and not a promoter.”
The 27-year old Dublin native told TMZ that he still wants to take on Nate Diaz in their supposed rematch at UFC 200 and blasted UFC President Dana White and the PR thing, which for him forms a distraction to a fighter’s training and preparations for a fight.
“I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I get paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote. I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop. 50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I’m left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation. And the many distractions that led to this. Nothing else was going through my mind. It is time to go back and live the life that got me this life,” McGregor said in a statement.
McGregor narrated that he is sick and tired of doing the entire promotional thing for a fight instead of getting into training camp. He added that he is focused on his rematch with Diaz that he flew his team to Portugal and Iceland to fix his mistakes in their first encounter and to be more prepared for the rematch, which he vowed will be his vengeance.
“I flew an entire team to Portugal and to Iceland to make my adjustments in preparation and fix my errors I made with the weight and the cardio prep. With the right adjustments and the right focus, I will finish what I started in that last fight. I will not do this if I am back on the road handing out flyers again,” McGregor explained.
McGregor has asked the UFC for a “leeway” for him to stay on his training camp and leave the promotion to them as he wants to make the fight fans money’s worth when they come and see him fight. However, his request was denied and he also sent a strong message to those questioning if he is on steroids.
“For the record also – For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations – I AM NOT RETIRED,” McGregor stressed.
UFC President Dana White on Wednesday told ESPN that McGregor has been pulled out from UFC 200 which sets on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas due to the feisty Irishman refused to promote the fight in Las Vegas. White was uncertain of McGregor’s future, he insisted that they are looking for a suitable replacement for him who would take on Diaz.
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