Like him or hate him, Conor McGregor tried to change the game when he refused to fly from Iceland to Las Vegas for a 30 minute presser. Fighters aren’t paid for those media appearances and while you might be thinking “oh, well, it helps to sell the pay-per-view!” that isn’t actually true (Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, biggest event in pay-per-view history, involved exactly zero press conferences).
Unfortunately, McGregor’s plan was undone by one simple fact; other fighters are stupid and greedy. As soon as it came out that Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones would be good to go, the UFC pulled McGregor and the two light heavyweight champions were more than willing to be scabs.
Worse yet? Jones is actually bragging about it on social media. Check out his Instagram post here:
Jones’ message reads “Ten hour commercial shoot in Vegas today #UFC200 #Promo #Redpantynight #thankyouConor”, taking a clear dig at the man whose spot he took.
It’s a bit of a surprise, too. While many short-sighted fighters like Henry Cejudo and Julianna Pena have thoughtlessly taken the UFC’s side in their ongoing fight with McGregor, Jones acknowledged that McGregor’s battle with the UFC was likely improving conditions for all fighters.
That said, Jones and McGregor have gone back-and-forth before, with McGregor criticizing Jones after he was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title and Jones taunting McGregor following his UFC 196 loss to Nate Diaz. Either way, Jones will be at UFC 200 on July 9. McGregor will not be.
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