UFC president Dana White has not spoken to Conor McGregor since his third retirement in four years or Nate Diaz since his UFC 244 loss to Jorge Masvidal.
After UFC on ESPN 11: Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov, White was asked if he had spoken with McGregor since his announcement shortly following UFC 250.
“No,” White said. “Conor McGregor is retired.”
When White was asked about Diaz, he will not chase him — or any fighters — for that matter who do not want to fight during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“I don’t chase guys that don’t want to fight,” White said about Diaz and the UFC roster in general. “I don’t chase guys. We offer guys three fights a year. You get three fights a year. If you don’t fight, I’ve got a roster full of people that want to.”
Since five fight cards were canceled due to the pandemic, the UFC has followed that up with seven of them without fans in Jacksonville, FL and Las Vegas, NV.
As the UFC only has four known positive cases through seven cards, White is attempting to continue his schedule while dealing with another major issue.
Following recent failed negotiations, Jon Jones, Henry Cejudo, and Masvidal have all not accepted fights or even retired while advocating for better fighter pay now.
While Diaz has not fought for that reason as well, McGregor’s situation is different as he is more frustrated about waiting and not having an opponent this summer.
Regardless of what the reasons are, the best and/or most popular fighters in the UFC are not fighting and there naturally are questions amid the pandemic.
With no live gate and fighters asking for more money, White is in a difficult position but feels he is honoring the contracts both Jones and Masvidal recently signed.
As White navigates through the pandemic and prepares for UFC Fight Island, this issue will not go away and it will be interesting to see which side bends first.