There’s been a rift between Conor McGregor and the UFC ever since the promotion took him off of their big UFC 200 event for refusing to join the rest of the fighters in a big press run. The size of said rift has been somewhat unclear. UFC president Dana White kept reiterating that the company had a great relationship with the Irish fighter. Meanwhile, McGregor stayed out of the media spotlight, occasionally posting something on social media about a theoretical fight with Floyd Mayweather.
But finally there has been some closure to the entire ordeal. McGregor met with UFC brass over dinner to sort everything out, and then he sat down with ESPN to explain what happened and why.
“It was a publicized civil war,” McGregor told SportsCenter’s Kenny Mayne. “I was going through some things, there was some crazy stuff going on back home. I wanted to be focused on my training.”
“I was in a time where I was figuring out something. I didn’t just shut out and say no to everything. I just wanted to do reasonable media. And then all of a sudden it’s ‘Hey Conor, it’s three months from the fight, we gotta drag you on 40 hour flights to come and do a run around New York, Vegas, California, 70 press conferences, 70 talk shows, adverts, all of this.’ I was like ‘I only made you 400 million last week!’ That was only last week, that fight. And now you want me to go? I need to get right. That’s how it all came about.”