In case you missed it, there was a “civil war” of sorts between Irish superstar Conor McGregor and his employer, the UFC. They wanted him to fly out to Las Vegas, N.V. to promote his UFC 200 rematch against Nate Diaz, he balked at the idea of ditching training, and, well, he got booted off the card.
ESPN got some face time with McGregor, and we finally got to hear his side of the story.
“All said and done, there were times (I thought), ‘I should have just jumped on the damn flight [to Las Vegas].’ But sometimes you’ve got to do what’s right for you and not what’s right for everybody else — especially if you’ve done what’s right for everyone else a million times over.”
The media tour would’ve gone on to include stops in Stockton, C.A. and New York City. But McGregor wasn’t having it.
“It ain’t just three stops, it’s 30 stops within each stop,” McGregor said. “Reasonable media, to me, was New York — where the sport just got legal. Go around, do all the talk shows, all the morning shows, and blow it out of the water where it just became legal.
“I wanted to isolate, focus, get that win back. That’s all I gave a f— about, because essentially all the other s— means nothing. If I lose again, then this whole ship comes down. I’m the one carrying the ship. This whole thing goes down if I’m gone.”
Read the rest of the interview, then ask yourself this: Was McGregor being reasonable? Or should he have just gotten on the damn plane?