UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was all set to have a rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 before announcing his “retirement” in a controversial Twitter post nearly a month ago and being pulled from the card. He has since rescinded that statement, but won’t be re-added to the card in July.
However, it looks like he and UFC President Dana White are ready to rebuild the bridge over troubled waters as they will soon meet to discuss McGregor’s next fight. White joined “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday and said that he has been talking to McGregor almost every day since he was pulled from the card.
“Conor and I have been talking every day. We’re gonna have dinner next week. Our relationship is great. We’re gonna put the little speed bump in the road behind us and move forward. Everything is great,” White said.
White discussed McGregor possibly getting his rematch against Diaz, who tapped him out in the third round of their first meeting at UFC 195 in March. He said that a possible fight for McGregor at UFC 202 in August could be their best bet.
“Sounds like a good idea to me,” White said. “McGregor’s ready to fight on 200. The thing that has made Conor McGregor a massive star and why people love him is this kid loves to fight. He’ll fight anybody, anywhere, any time. He goes in and goes for broke. His fights are exciting and fun, before, during and after them. McGregor’s ready to fight.
“No deal is done for 202. We’re getting together next week and we’re going to figure out what’s next.”
Hold on to your McGregor-loving hats everyone. We could see The Notorious back in the Octagon before too long.
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