Conor McGregor is back, unfortunately for the UFC just not in the capacity they require. The divisive Irishman had his most powerful weapon returned to his grasp – a UFC mic – as he and Nate Diaz held court to discuss their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 202.
There they where, the promotion’s two biggest assets, inside the stylish new T-Mobile Arena but instead of a referee, it was UFC president Dana White who stood between them. You get the impression that after Jon Jones sent shockwaves throughout the MMA world with his failed drugs test, White is feeling a sense of remorse.
McGregor and Diaz were initially slated to headline UFC 200 but the clash was scraped because of the Irishman’s reluctance to fulfill his media obligations.
Now, the headliner is Miesha Tate’s first defence of the bantamweight title against Amanda Nunes.
And with the utmost respect, if it was proposed a year ago UFC 200 would be headlined by a women’s fight not featuring Ronda Rousey, it would’ve been deemed pure fantasy. But, perhaps unexpectedly, McGregor was in no bragging mood.
“I could sit up here and say ‘well, well, well,’ but you know, I am a successful human being, and successful human beings do not celebrate in the adversity or misfortune of others,” he said of Jones’ positive PED test. “I wish Jon well, I wish everyone backstage well. I know they’re running around like headless chickens trying to get everything together, but all I missed was a press conference.