UFC 200 organisers have confirmed they are looking to replace Conor McGregor after giving the Irishman “every opportunity in the world” to fight.
The 27-year-old was due to face Nate Diaz at the Las Vegas event in July but refused to fulfil promotional duties and announced his retirement this week before retracting his decision.
McGregor also said he wants a rematch with Diaz, who beat him in March.
But UFC president Dana White said they could not “bend” McGregor any longer.
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“Anybody who has fought for the UFC over the last 16 years knows that we try to give as much leeway as we can,” said White at a news conference in Las Vegas.
“But you have to show up to promote the fight. You have to show up to press conferences and shoot the commercials. It’s part of the job. It’s what we do here.
“We get criticised a lot for bending too much to Conor – and we do. I respect Conor very much as a fighter and I like him, but you have to show up and do this stuff.”
When asked who would replace McGregor, White added: “I don’t know. We’re going to figure that out. We gave Conor every opportunity in the world to get here.”
Diaz was in attendance in Las Vegas, along with several other competitors, while featherweight champion McGregor’s chair was left empty.
The Irishman wrote on Twitter during the press conference: “Everyone flew in. Respect. But not everyone up there made the company 400million in 8 months.”
When asked about the event, Diaz insisted he is only interested in fighting McGregor.
“I didn’t ask for that fight, he asked for that fight. If we don’t do that fight, I’m going on vacation,” he said.