McGregor Dodging UFC With “Media Blackout”
While Conor McGregor prepares to face lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, he’s decided to dedicate more time in the gym than in front of a microphone.
While McGregor has made his Instagram into a bully pulpit against Nurmagomedov and his family, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, McGregor has ghosted on any media requests from the UFC, including press conferences.
One of the reasons you haven’t seen much in the way of interviews and such is that McGregor has not agreed to do anything. There are no press conferences scheduled because McGregor at this point hasn’t agreed to them. There is a lot of frustration within the UFC about McGregor’s attitude, but in the end, he’s got the leverage and the ticket sales and secondary market results only give him more leverage.
The feeling is that this may be the biggest non-boxing PPV of all-time, and the only reason it wouldn’t be is that McGregor hasn’t been pushing it hard. McGregor was able to get a larger piece of the action for this fight than any of his UFC fights to date, so there is a direct correlation more than ever between his work in promoting the fight and his pocket book, but this may also show that he knows he’s in a real fight and doesn’t want to break training.
Report: MMA Mania