Conor McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh is calling on the fans. Apparently, he and his fighter, Conor McGregor, want to make some big changes on how the UFC does things, and they are looking to the fans for help.
This week, the internet blew up after Conor McGregor announced his retirement on Twitter. Subsequently, UFC president Dana White stated that his "retirement" was backlash because McGregor didn't want to participate in a press event to promote UFC 200.
McGregor was ultimately pulled from the card, and his rematch with Nate Diaz was cancelled. This morning, the outspoken Irishman released HIS side of the story, claiming that he's "paid to fight, not promote."
Kavanagh took to Twitter to get the fans involved:
As of right now, White is not going to let McGregor fight unless he does what he's supposed to do, which is to fulfill ALL of his obligations which includes the promotion side of things. And even then, it may be too late to salvage this fight.
It seems as if McGregor is not alone in his fight. Many of his peers took to Twitter to lend their support to the current featherweight champ.
McGregor even got support from another champion: Jon Jones. During an interview with MMA Fighting yesterday (you know, to promote HIS UFC 197 fight), Jones had this to say:
Hats off to him for standing up for what he believes is right. At the end of the day, business is business, and the guy obviously has respect for himself and his talents. Fights like this will help fighters in the future. So, I respect his balls. I respect his willingness to fight for what is right.
So now it's time for the fans to weigh and decide what they want: Interviews or fights? Is McGregor powerful enough to change the game? To be fair, his tantrum this week far outweighed any promotion the UFC could have paid for. According to White, the UFC is dumping close to $10 million to promote UFC 200.
McGregor won the internet. For free. So who's wrong?