With UFC 200 rapidly approaching, there has been plenty of drama leading up to the epic event.
First the headliner originally scheduled was the much anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. Then this happened.
At first people thought this couldn’t be real. McGregor’s account must have been hacked, right? After this UFC president, Dana White, went on ESPN to announce that McGregor had been pulled from the UFC 200 card because he refused to fulfill his promotional obligations.
Three days later at the 2016 UFC International Fight Week press conference, Dana White was pretty demonstrative that Conor McGregor was not going to fight at UFC 200 because he didn’t show up for the press conference, as you can see above. Equally demonstrative as White was Nate Diaz that if he isn’t fighting McGregor then he is “going on vacation.” After this, McGregor went on Twitter again with this.
So it appeared as if the two sides had come to a compromise and everything was back on for UFC 200. But then Dana White went on Good Morning America this morning and announced that Jon “Bones” Jones vs Daniel Cormier was going to be the new headliner of UFC 200.
The UFC and Dana White should thank their lucky stars to be able to make this fight happen after the fallout with McGregor. This might actually be a better fight. For one, this fight will be a title fight while McGregor vs Diaz was not. There is a well documented hatred between Jones and Cormier while it seemed like McGregor and Diaz were becoming buddies. This fight is also a much anticipated rematch which had to unfortunately be put on hold because of Jones’ outside the octagon issues.
It appears that nothing can stop the UFC. It continues to grow. It continues to get better. And it continues to keep getting the breaks it needs to produce the fights that the fans want to see.