Don't worry, UFC fans — Conor McGregor is still in the game.
Earlier in the week, the 27-year-old fighter confused fans when he posted a cryptic tweet announcing his retirement.
We later found out the tweet was in response to UFC head Dana White's decision to pull McGregor from his upcoming rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200, because he refused to do a promotional press event in Las Vegas.
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The Irish athlete finally spoke out about the drama, and while he's "still ready to go for UFC 200," the featherweight champion is more concerned about training for the actual fight than talking about it!
In a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, the fighter made it clear he wasn't retired, more so just frustrated. He explained:
"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."
Noting that he's done doing press on the radio and talking to people who don't "give a f*ck about what I'm doing," McGregor said it's time to focus on nothing but his training to take on the larger Diaz:
"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…I must isolate myself now. I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time."
While making no secret of his disdain for doing press, McGregor admitted he "asked for some leeway" regarding the required press conference. Though he didn't agree to the Vegas press conference, the fighter is hoping for a compromise to make everyone happy:
"I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions. If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don't know what to say."
We're not sure if the UFC will bite, but seeing what a cash cow this rematch will be — they certainly aren't in a position to say no!
Do YOU think an agreement will be made? Read Conor's entire post (below)!
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