Conor McGregor’s Key Fight Camp Change For Khabib Has Frustrated UFC Bosses
With the biggest fight in UFC history approaching, you’d be forgiven for wondering when the real promotion drive will begin. When you someone as charismatic as Conor McGregor involved, getting people excited for an upcoming event shouldn’t be too difficult.
Why is it then that there haven’t been many interviews/media events involving McGregor and his UFC 229 opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov?
Well, according to one of the most respected journalists in the history of combat sports, Dave Meltzer, McGregor has shut out all distractions in order to focus solely on reclaiming his UFC Lightweight Championship on October 6th.
One of the reasons you haven’t seen much in the way of interviews and such is that McGregor has not agreed to do anything.
There are no press conferences scheduled because McGregor at this point hasn’t agreed to them.
There is a lot of frustration within the UFC about McGregor’s attitude, but in the end, he’s got the leverage and the ticket sales and secondary market results only give him more leverage.
The feeling is that this may be the biggest non-boxing PPV of all-time, and the only reason it wouldn’t be is that McGregor hasn’t been pushing it hard, McGregor was able to get a larger piece of the action for this fight than any of his UFC fights to date, so there is a direct correlation more than ever between his work in promoting the fight and his pocket book, but this may also show that he knows he’s in a real fight and doesn’t want to break training.
This isn’t the first time that McGregor has drawn the ire of the brass at the UFC for prioritising training over promoting the fight.
After the Irishman fell to a surprise loss against a short-notice opponent in Nate Diaz at UFC 196, the rematch between the two quickly became one of the most anticipated in UFC history.
The two were initially booked to revive their rivalry at the landmark UFC 200 event.
However, McGregor was said to have believed that has increased media obligations prior to their first bout had been detrimental to his preparation and affected his performance.
As a result, Conor did not attend a pre-fight press conference which led to UFC president Dana White pulling him off the card.
McGregor and Diaz would eventually rematch inside the Octagon at UFC 200 with Conor earning a majority decision victory.
So, do you think that McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov will end up being the biggest UFC event of all time?
Can Conor reclaim UFC gold after nearly two years of inactivity in mixed martial arts? Will we get two see some pre-fight hype material released by the UFC?
Let us know what you think in the comment section.
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