According to UFC president Dana White, Conor McGregor is definitely NOT fighting Nate Diaz at UFC 200. According to Conor McGregor, he is definitely IS fighting Nate Diaz at UFC 200. If anyone asks Nate Diaz, he's going on vacation.
McGregor caused (and continues to cause) a lot of confusion with his, "I'm retired/I'm not retired" stunt, and the consequences are beginning to stack up. On Friday during a press conference, White stated that not would McGregor not be on the UFC 200 card, he wasn't being considered for the UFC's debut in New York either.
Most of the media was so focused on the current drama, that White's comment went virtuously unnoticed by everyone. Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh, however, was the exception. He heard it loud and clear.
On Monday, Kavanagh spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and talked about White's comment.
"That was hard to hear," he told Helwani. "I really think that's going to far. [McGregor] was bold, but it wasn't anything that bad. If we get the slap on the wrist for 200, we definitely can't be put on the naughty [list] for New York."
White has also dictated the end to McGregor's total belt domination experiment, stating that his next fight will be between the winner of the Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar fight. Fighting either Aldo or Edgar after UFC 200 was always the plan, regardless of what the result was of McGregor's fight with Diaz.
White is hypothesizing that the fight to determine the true featherweight champion could happen as soon as UFC 201. If that happens, then that pretty much takes UFC: New York off the table.
Not fighting in New York would be a huge blow to McGregor and his camp, as New York has been a huge Irish hub since the 1800's. Currently, New York is home to a large percentage of residents that claim Irish ancestry, 12.9% to be exact. As for New York City, over 5.3% of the population is Irish. The bottom line is that New York and Conor McGregor makes sense. NOT having him there doesn't.
Kavanagh is willing to accept getting pulled from UFC 200, but not New York.
"As an Irish guy in New York, the first card in Madison Square Garden, I think Conor would show up anyway and fight someone in a changing room if [White] doesn't put him on the card," Kavanagh commented. "We have to be put on the New York card."
The UFC will return to New York and the famous Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016.