Breaking News:

Keep up with So Much Sports on Twitter @SoMuchSports

Can anybody save UFC 200?

Dana White

It doesn’t appear that Conor McGregor is actually retiring for long term. It appears that this is a dispute with the UFC and/or possibly that theory number 2 is actually correct.

After McGregor announced his retirement, White said he already had planned to remove McGregor from the UFC 200 card for refusing to participate in pre-fight media events. McGregor was training in Iceland and did not want to stop working out to go get behind the microphone. So that means he probably isn’t second-guessing a career in a brutal sport after the unfortunate death of Joao Cavalho. It also means he probably is not leaving the UFC to go work for the WWE.

What is interesting is that McGregor apparently refused to partake in a media event. This guy lives to be in the spotlight. Ditching media spots to intensely train seems pretty out of character for McGregor. So it makes sense that maybe he understands that a second loss to Nate Diaz would kill his brand, so he can no flip the blame for the fight falling out on the UFC by saying he wanted to train and they wanted him to do everything else by train.

That makes the most sense.

If Jon Jones beats Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197, the UFC might have no choice but to give him anything he wants to save UFC 200.

If Jon Jones beats Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197, the UFC might have no choice but to give him anything he wants to save UFC 200.

But regardless of why McGregor sent out that Tweet that he is retiring, or why Dana White pulled him from the card to begin with, the fact is that the UFC’s grandest event, UFC 200, is in dire-straights right now without McGregor, especially considering Rousey is nowhere to be found. UFC is without their two biggest money draws for the event that is supposed to be twice as big as UFC 200.

Right now UFC has two title fights on the card. One is Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight belt, which could have interim status removed if McGregor is indeed retired and has his belt stripped from him. The other features Miesha Tate making her first women’s bantamweight title defense against Amanda Nunes.

Neither of those fights are going to come close to making UFC 200 even approach the 1.6 million buys of UFC 100. Neither of those fights really could even bring UFC 200 close to 1 million Pay Per View buys.

So UFC has to do something big to make UFC 200 a major event.

Diaz almost has to find a way back on the card. After making McGregor tap out on just 11 days notice, he became almost a must-see attraction. But unless the UFC takes a title shot away from Eddie Alvarez, scheduled as Rafael Dos Anjos’ challenger just a few weeks before UFC 200, Diaz won’t be challenging him. They could put him against Robbie Lawler, but White and company have been hoping and praying that Georges St-Pierre decides to come out of retirement to fight him in his return. And it’s not like Lawler has a history of being a big draw anyway.

So perhaps the only hope really is to have Daniel Cormier return to fight Jon Jones (assuming he beats Ovince Saint Preux) for the light heavyweight championship. That fight should have been the main event all along but it is the only fight without Rousey or McGregor in it that could possibly get UFC 200 well over 1 million buys. Their fight fight generated 800,000 buys. Now, a year and a half after their blood-feud began with the added intrigue of Jones trying to win his title that he never lost back, that fight is a huge one and the only one that can save UFC 200. Luckily for the UFC, he says he “absolutely” will.

The following two tabs change content below.

Corey Johns

Editor in Chief
You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

Comments are closed.