UFC boss doubts McGregor is retiring


UFC president Dana White doubts Conor McGregor is retiring, in fact he is confident the Irish star will fight again in the sport, despite being pulled from the upcoming main event.

McGregor's rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9 was cancelled because he refused to leave his training base in Iceland to promote the fight in Las Vegas.

White's decision to pull drawcard fighter McGregor from the bout came after the featherweight champion tweeted that he was retiring hours earlier.

Whether McGregor's tweet was serious remains to be seen, but White does not think the 27-year-old is done.

"I do not," White told Fox Sports when asked if he thought McGregor is really retiring.

White said he believes McGregor will fight in the next year before adding the mixed-martial arts superstar could still feature at UFC 200.

"If he called me after this interview we'd probably still do it," White said. "The problem is this ... you have to be here to promote your fight - and you have to shoot this commercial.

"We're spending $10million in promotion for UFC 200 and all that money is in motion. You can't do this. I don't care who you are or how big you are, you can't do this."

At the moment, McGregor remains the featherweight champion but that could change.

"That's the thing: Conor needs to clear up this whole retirement thing and clear it up fast because if he's retired, then at UFC 200 Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar are fighting for the vacant title then," he said.