Conor McGregor will definitely not be fighting at UFC 200 after Dana White announced that Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will headline the July event in Las Vegas.
Cormier and Jones will battle it out in a light heavyweight title unification bout, but there is no place for McGregor on the bill.
The Irishman was pulled off the card last week for refusing to meet his promotional responsibilities. He retired from the sport in protest, but reversed his decision and tried to make amends and make his way back onto the UFC 200 card – without success, it has now been absolutely confirmed.
“Listen, he’ll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don’t know when, but we’ll get it figured out,” White said on Monday.
McGregor didn’t respond to the news, but he did retweet the following tweet from a fan account, making his feelings pretty clear:
— Conor McGregor Army (@McGregorArmy) April 27, 2016
Jones vs Cormier is a pretty decent replacement for McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz.
Jones, regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in UFC, previously beat Cormier in a unanimous decision at UFC 185, but lost his title after getting involved in legal troubles.
Cormier went on to win the vacant belt against Anthony Johnson and then defended it against Alexander Gustafsson, and is convinced he has what it takes to beat Jones this time around: