Conor McGregor wants back on UFC two hundred card, frustrated with promotional responsibilities

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 1:48 AM

He just wants to focus on what he feels is his genuine job -- fighting. McGregor, twenty-seven, released a statement on social media Thursday stating he wasn't retired, despite a post earlier in the week that said he was stepping far from the sport.

Conor McGregor wants back on UFC two hundred card, frustrated with promotional responsibilities

UFC star Conor McGregor isn't retired. He just wants to focus on what he feels is his genuine job -- fighting.

McGregor, twenty-seven, released a statement on social media Thursday stating he wasn't retired, despite a post earlier in the week that said he was stepping far from the sport. On Tuesday, UFC pulled McGregor from a scheduled rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC two hundred on July nine, saying McGregor had refused to fly to Las Vegas to partake in promotional obligations.

In a highly anticipated announcement, McGregor (19-3) explained that refusal.

"I'm just trying to do my work and fight here," McGregor wrote on Facebook. "I'm paid to fight. I'm not yet paid to promote. I've become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting.

"There comes a time when you necessity to stop handing out flyers and obtain back to the damn shop."

Coming off the first loss of his UFC career in March, McGregor asked for a reduction in promotional responsibilities, but that request was denied, he wrote.

UFC wanted McGregor to be in Las Vegas this week for a news conference at MGM Grand Casino. Sources told ESPN that promotional stops were also planned for Stockton, California, and New York. McGregor, who's from Dublin, is currently training in Iceland.

"I'm coming for my revenge here. I flew an all team to Portugal and to Iceland to create my adjustments in preparation and fix my errors I made with the wt and the cardio prep," McGregor wrote. "With the right adjustments and the right focus, I'll finish what I started in that latest fight. I'll not do this if I'm back on the road handing out flyers again."

McGregor, who's the UFC featherweight champion, said he's "still prepared to go for UFC 200." Diaz (19-10) is in Las Vegas this week and hasn't been rescheduled to another fight.

McGregor wrote that he was willing to fly to NY for a news conference, but he then wanted to return to training "with no distractions."

"If this isn't sufficient or they perceive I've not deserved to sit this promotion running out this one time, well then I don't know what to say," he wrote.

McGregor'south coach John Kavanagh also tweeted Thursday, calling for fans to demand what they wish to UFC.

ESPN reached out to UFC for comment on the situation and hasn't heard back.

McGregor suffered his first UFC beat when he tapped to a rear-naked choke in the second circular of a welterweight fight against Diaz at UFC one hundred ninety-six in Las Vegas.

Originally, McGregor was supposed to fight lightweight winner Rafael dos Anjos in an attempt to become the first fighter in UFC history to keep belts in multiple wt classes simultaneously. That fight fell through when dos Anjos injured his foot, and Diaz stepped in on eleventh days' notice.

The bout was contested at welterweight due to the brief notice, meaning McGregor technically moved up two weight classes.

Following McGregor'south initial retirement announcement this week, Diaz responded with a social media post saying, "I guess my work here is done, I'm retiring, too." He's not publicly commented on McGregor'south latest statement.

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