Conor McGregor took to Twitter early Monday morning and held an impromptu Q&A for fans. Although, it was more of McGregor responding to haters along with some questions sprinkled in. As usual, the outspoken Irishman was candid in his responses that covered a wide range of topics from UFC 200 to what he wanted to accomplish by the end of the year.
Even though he's been removed from UFC 200, he still has plenty to say about the event. When asked if he thought would "sell anything close to 1.5 million" in PPV buys that UFC 196 brought in, McGregor stated with confidence that it wouldn't.
Beating the 4.4 million record set by Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is quite the lofty (and probably unlikely) goal for McGregor. It's just another way that McGregor can take shots at the UFC.
He pointed out the potential loss of money for the UFC with his absence, citing his previous box office record. One fan stated that UFC 100, which had a reported pay-per-view buyrate of 1.6 million with Brock Lesnar headlining the card, holds the UFC record. McGregor quickly corrected him.
Last month's UFC 197 PPV featured Jon Jones' return to the Octagon when he won by decision over Ovince Saint Preux for the interim UFC light heavyweight title. Originally he was to fight his longtime rival Daniel Cormier, but Cormier had to drop out of the fight due to a leg injury. Cormier and Jones' rematch has officially taken over at UFC 200 now that McGregor's rematch with Diaz has been pulled.
Even though his rematch with Diaz will no longer be the main event, McGregor still very much has his sites set on Diaz and getting redemption for his only loss in the UFC. He started in on Diaz by defending his own ground game and promising to "school" Diaz in their inevitable rematch.
Conor also defended his stamina. When the pair fought at UFC 196, it's fair to say that McGregor ran out of steam going into the second round.
One fan went as far as to illicit a comment out of McGregor by tossing out a Diaz quote to him. "Diaz claims with a full camp he'd be surprised if you land anything on him. What would you say to that?" the fan Tweeted.
McGregor's eye may be on Diaz, but he might have to exercise some patience before he gets it. According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor's next fight will be a unification bout for the featherweight title. McGregor will fight the winner of Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar which will co-headline UFC 200.
White said that a unification belt could happen as soon as UFC 201 or UFC 202 which, according to the schedule, would happen before the UFC returns to New York in November. That means McGregor could be fighting as soon as August or September.
Not the case according to McGregor. The current featherweight champ is eyeing his Aldo or Edgar fight for the end of the year.
McGregor was ultimately pulled from the card over his refusal to participate in the required media events to promote the upcoming historical UFC 200.
If McGregor is asked, the facts and financial figures support he should be put back on the card, regardless if he does press or not.