While many fighters have voiced their support for Conor McGregor in the wake of his removal from UFC 200, top flyweight contender Henry Cejudo thinks the Irishman should be taught a lesson in discipline.
Dear, Conor, I am willing to put on my best Irish accent and do all your press obligations so you can train. Your pal, Elias. #UFC200— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 21, 2016
How can you not respect this guy? Plays the game better than everyone but shows his real self when you feels needed. https://t.co/hWV7LM0LEG— Zak Cummings (@ZakCummings) April 21, 2016
UFC played their cards wrong. They look like idiots under all outcomes now.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 21, 2016
I wish all MMA fighters could be treated like other athletes and focus on their CRAFT, and not their promotions ...tell em @TheNotoriousMMA— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) April 21, 2016
"I think it's good for the UFC," Cejudo said Wednesday at the UFC 197 open workouts. "The UFC, they need to start stepping up and doing things like that. If you think you're higher than UFC, if you think you're better than all the other fighters, then maybe you should get pulled. So, I think it's a good discipline."
The Notorious abruptly retired on Tuesday and the UFC announced that he had been pulled from his welterweight rematch with Nate Diaz after refusing to attend a press conference. Since then, however, McGregor released a lengthy statement on Facebook stating that he hadn't retired and was still making fight preparations for Diaz.
The featherweight champion said he was exhausted from the promotional world tours and requested that the UFC let him skip some of the media obligations as a one-off. The UFC, however, have reportedly rejected McGregor's offer and pulled the mega-star from their blockbuster pay-per-view.
Henry Cejudo, who believes McGregor will be back in the Octagon soon despite the complications, will challenge 'Mighty Mouse' for the flyweight title at UFC 197 on April 23rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.