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McGregor Admits to Regretting UFC 200 Dispute

(Conor McGregor celebrates his win over Dustin Poirier after their featherweight fight during the UFC 178 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

UFC featherweight Conor McGregor opened up in an ESPN interview that aired Sunday about the feud with the UFC that lead to his removal from UFC 200.

“I was in a time where I was like, figuring out something,” said McGregor, as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting. “I didn’t just shut out and say no to everything. I just wanted to do reasonable media, and then, hey, all of a sudden, ‘Conor, it’s three months from the fight, we’ve got to drag you [onto] 40-hour flights to come and do a runaround, New York, Vegas, California, 70 press conferences, 70 talk shows, adverts, all of this,’ and it’s like, I already made you $400 million last week. That was only last week, that fight. I need to get right.

“That’s how it all came about. I just wanted to focus and I was deep in the process, and especially at that particular moment, I just wanted a little bit more time. I didn’t shut it off completely. Reasonable media, is what I said. I said I would do New York. I said I would do everything else after that. I just needed another little bit to set myself, and then the lack of communication, they weren’t having it. They were trying to push back on me, I was trying to push back on them, and look, it blew up then.”

“I’ll tell you what, it blew up. I was just kind of having fun at the start. It was kind of half-hearted, and then it just went [crazy], and now all of a sudden you’re off UFC 200, and I was like, ‘alright, well f*** you too then.’ It was fun. Seeing it all blow up like that, it was amusing for a while.

“There were times when I was … seeing the press conferences take place, and I was like, ah, I should’ve just jumped on the damn flight. I should’ve just stuck it out and went with it. But sometimes you’ve gotta do what’s right for you, and not do what’s right for everybody else — and especially if you’ve done what’s right for everybody else a million times over, you should have the right to be able to do what’s right for you sometimes. That’s what I felt.”

“I’m committed to the fight game. I enjoy competition. I enjoy challenges. So, if a challenge is in front of me, and it appeals to me, then I will go and I will conquer it.

“I’m open to challenges. I enjoy fighting, period.”

McGregor met this week with UFC bosses Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White, and reported that things were “in a good place.” A meeting with Nate Diaz did not go as well, at all, although a rematch at UFC 202 on Aug. 20 reportedly remains in the works.

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Aaron Portier
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