Less than two days after Conor McGregor was pulled from UFC 200 and seemingly announced his retirement on Twitter, the biggest name in mixed marital came out with a long winded explanation as to why he wanted to remove himself from some of the promotional duties in the lead up to fight.
The UFC featherweight champion explained the reasoning in a lengthy Facebook post:
I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote. I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting.
There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop. 50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I’m left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation.
I can not dance for you this time. It is time for the other monkeys to dance. I’ve danced us all the way here. Nate’s little mush head looks good up on that stage these days. Stuff him in front of the camera for it. He came in with no shit to do that last one. I’d already done press conferences, interviews and shot the ads before RDA pulled out. Maybe I’ll hit Cabo this time and skull some shots pre-fight with no obligation.
It seems as though this message has resonated with the UFC PR department as McGregor has been strangely absent from his usual heavy media obligations in the lead up to UFC 202. In fact, Nate Diaz seems to be the guy doing most of the heavy lifting, even appearing on Conan O’Brien to promote the fight.
Despite his absence, McGregor had a message for Conan and Nate which was aired while Nate was on set.
You can watch it on the video player below: