UFC 223 goes down on April seventh from Brooklyn New York and guarantees to be the most important UFC occasion in fairly some time. And whereas Conor McGregor continues to be in Eire with no indicators he’ll present up for the occasion, a variety of headlines are nonetheless swirling round him as a result of the Brooklyn present marks the tip of his light-weight title reign.
“The one particular person right here who’s shedding a belt is Conor. Conor’s shedding the belt, these two are combating for the belt,” UFC president Dana White mentioned at a pre-event press convention, referring to fundamental occasion fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway. “Conor is coming again this yr 100 %. He’ll battle this yr. We’ll see how this factor performs out and we’ll go from there.”
This was the primary time White had particularly admitted McGregor was getting stripped. Earlier explanations for the UFC 223 title battle concerned a Schrödinger’s title scenario the place it was each Conor’s belt and up for grabs in New York. Solely as soon as the battle between Khabib and Max is over will the light-weight belt’s new state change into actuality.
McGregor reacted to White’s feedback on Twitter with anger.
However is that this actual anger or simply extra of Conor McGregor’s theatrical bluster? “You’ll do nothing” is about as near a catchphrase for McGregor as you’re going to get outdoors of professional wrestling. The man throws it round like sweet, and whereas including the c-word into the combination actually provides venom, it’s not like he hasn’t had months to mentally put together himself for the UFC stripping him.
That being mentioned, that is the second belt the UFC has compelled him to drop. They waited just below a month after he had made historical past by being the primary man to carry two UFC belts on the identical time earlier than stripping him of his featherweight title. This time it’s his light-weight belt, and with Nurmagomedov now dealing with the featherweight champ final minute he could really feel further insulted that they’re taking his title to prop up that battle for PPV gross sales functions.
It’s exhausting to get a learn on what’s actual and what’s not with McGregor nowadays as a result of nearly all of his communications have been through social media beefs somewhat than in a sit down interview the place he tends to play issues extra legit. But when McGregor sticks to his weapons and doesn’t present up at UFC 223, it says a specific amount concerning the present relationship between him and the UFC. Whether or not it’s enterprise or private hardly issues if the tip result’s an entire lack of the UFC’s greatest star from their occasions.
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