Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh is “51 percent optimistic” that the Irishman will face Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9.
McGregor was recently pulled from the event after failing to attend a promotional event, instead choosing to remain at his training base in Iceland.
However, on Monday McGregor took to Twitter to say that he would be fighting at UFC 200. He tweeted: “Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200! Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect”
Despite McGregor’s claims, UFC president Dana White made it clear that the fight between McGregor and Diaz would not be going ahead.
Even though White is adamant that the Irishman will not be in action on July 9, Kavanagh still believes that McGregor will do battle in the Octagon at UFC 200.
“I’m 51 percent optimistic and 49 percent pessimistic, if you want to know my feelings on it,” Kavanagh said on The MMA Hour. “At some stage you’ve got to see that maybe it’s pointless to upset so many fans that want to see this fight and ignore the kind of numbers that are going to be brought in. Things seem to be swinging in the right way for us. So we’re aiming for and training for UFC 200. I hope we get some good news.”
Kavanagh said that he cannot understand why White removed McGregor from the event due to the fact for refusing to put a halt to his training in order to travel to America.
“I did start hearing about them wanting to do [promotional work] in Vegas and Conor’s manager had a bit of back and forth with the UFC trying to figure out a way around it or if it can be rescheduled,” he said. “It’s not the same for Conor to have to travel halfway around the world while his opponent has to go basically down the road.
“The way the world is now, you don’t have to be physically at places to be involved in things, I don’t know what this obsession is with Vegas. UFC is a global sport, not a Vegas sport. I don’t see why everything has to be done there.”