It's been a rough few weeks for UFC President Dana White. His biggest star decided to take a stand against him, throwing the historic UFC 200 event into turmoil and calling into question a lot of how the UFC does things.
Even though White stated that there was no bad blood between himself and Conor, the two have been relatively distant from one another. McGregor is in isolation, training in Iceland and White is keeping business as usual here in the states. Now it seems as if White and McGregor might be ready to bury the hatchet and not each other.
White appeared on "The Dan Patrick Show" to let fight fans know that everything is OK between him and McGregor and they will be meeting next week.
"Conor and I have been talking every day," White said. "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."
Dinner might be on the table, but McGregor fighting at UFC 200 is still off. What will be discussed at dinner is what's next for McGregor. He has categorically held the position that his rematch with Nate Diaz is still on and will be happening soon, whereas White has stated that McGregor's next fight will be a unified bout between the winner of Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar, which will take place at UFC 200 for the interim 145-pound title.
It seems as though White may have changed his mind, implying that McGregor-Diaz 2 might still be on and could happen as soon as UFC 202, which is scheduled for August. When asked by Dan Patrick if that would be the case, White responded, "sounds like a good idea to me."
"McGregor is ready to fight on 200," White continued. "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, leading up to them, during them and after them. McGregor is ready to fight."
While the idea of McGregor fighting Diaz at UFC 202 sounds like a good idea, that's all it is at this point, an idea. Nothing is official until the two sit down and have a conversation.
All of this started when McGregor sent out a ominous message via Twitter that he was "retiring." The rest of the day was spent by the media speculating and hypothesizing what the hell was going on. Finally, a few hours later, White went on to ESPN's SportsCenter to explain that McGregor didn't want to live up to his obligations to promote UFC 200. Later, MacGregor released a statement that he'd rather focus on training than waste time answering questions by the press.
McGregor's statement didn't change things between himself and the UFC. White announced that McGregor was officially off the UFC 200 card. McGregor did his best to force himself back on the card, including sending out a Tweet to his followers that he was back fighting at UFC 200, but White shut that down quickly.
The much anticipated rematch between interim light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will take the place of McGregor-Diaz at UFC 200.
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