Conor not fighting makes front page of BBC news

http://www.bbc.com/sport/36119255

To give people some kind of context, BBC sport is notoriously MMA allergic and has never really ever covered MMA and the sport certainly doesn't have its own section or tab on the website. Recently the odd story has appeared in the depths of the sports page but for Conor to actually make one of the main headlines on the front page is completely unprecedented.

To not make this fight is the worst example of all involved, Conor included cutting off their nose to spite their face. For gods sake make this fight because it will potentially do far more PV buys now than they could have ever dreamed when they initially made the rematch.

Heh BBC Phone Post 3.0

Wow. This thing is blowing up, the UFC that is. I don't think the mainstream status of the org or their stars have been any higher than now. They're really wasting a golden opportunity here by not meeting Conor's demands and pulling him out of the fight. 

For OP.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/36119255

Conor McGregor: UFC 200 fight with Nate Diaz is off - president Dana White

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 set 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.

READ MORE: McGregor out of UFC 200 amid quit talk

"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."

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 400 million 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.

Kindly - 


Wow. This thing is blowing up, the UFC that is. I don't think the mainstream status of the org or their stars have been any higher than now. They're really wasting a golden opportunity here by not meeting Conor's demands and pulling him out of the fight. 


Agree! I mean just to clarify its on the BBC news landing page. I can't believe it.

They are both to blame but turning down millions and millions by not making this fight is not what the UFC was built on.... I just can't think why they don't just make the fight

The BBC is also British and half of Ireland is kinda of British.

There hasn't been a mention in Canada' s largest daily newspaper as far as I know and the Toronto star even used to have a guy that wrote an mma column Phone Post 3.0

Joindatedoesnotmatter - The BBC is also British and half of Ireland is kinda of British.

There hasn't been a mention in Canada' s largest daily newspaper as far as I know and the Toronto star even used to have a guy that wrote an mma column Phone Post 3.0

That may be but the point remains that it's unprecedented for any MMA to get this sort of exposure

It made the front page of my hometown (Waterbury,CT) paper as well. I was blown away. Phone Post 3.0

BBC News was actually where I first learned that Conor was out as they were one of the first sites to report it. It was on the front page along with the other major headlines!

It was only a couple of years ago that the head of BBC Sport said they'd never have any to do with MMA as it's barbaric, so this is huge. I think they ran a couple of McGregor stories leading upto the Aldo fight as well. Phone Post 3.0