Not retired Conor McGregor in high-stakes standoff with UFC boss

Benjamin Harris was a maverick in the early days of journalism. He was not alone but he definitely stood out from the crowd.Not retired Conor McGregor in high-stakes standoff with UFC boss | New York PostA defiant Conor McGregor took to Facebook on Thursday to announce that he is not, in fact, retired -- but when he will return to the UFC octagon is still a mystery."I AM NOT RETIRED," McGregor wrote to end the lengthy post, which set out to explain his shock announcement Tuesday that he was quitting the sport.The fake retirement was McGregor's attempted power play against UFC president Dana White over a promotional event in Las Vegas. McGregor blamed his stunning upset loss to Nate Diaz earlier this year on a lack of focus due to the rigorous press demands put on him by White. A rematch against Diaz had been scheduled for UFC 200 on July 9."I am still ready to go for UFC 200," said McGregor, who has been training in Iceland and said he's willing to do a promotional event in New York. "With the right adjustments and the right focus, I will finish what I started in that last fight.McGregor said he wrote the show-stopping, 13-word retirement tweet as "a gesture of good will" and bragged it was worth $30 million in promotional juice.Nate Diaz choking out Conor McGregor at UFC 196.Photo: Getty ImagesMcGregor's defiant statement came a day after White threatened to take away McGregor's featherweight title belt if he didn't clear up the confusion. White has left a tiny window open for a resolution, even after announcing McGregor would not fight at the event."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," White told Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd.White has hinted since Tuesday that McGregor's "retirement" was simply him balking at the trip to Vegas."The one thing nobody is exempt from is promoting their fights. ... All the other fighters are showing up and doing it," White said. "So Conor, at the end of the day, for whatever reason, he freaked out about this. He's a very reasonable guy, he's a smart guy. And he likes money. So this is weird."McGregor contends the UFC is asking too much of him, and that is the reason why he lost to Diaz, who was a late replacement for Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 196 last month. Diaz forced McGregor to submit in the second round."Talking to some lady that deep down doesn't give a f-- about what I'm doing, but just wants some sound bites so she can maybe get her little tight ass a nice raise, and I'm cool with that too, I've been giving you all raises. But I need to focus on me now," McGregor, in his crude way, said of his press responsibilities."I'm coming for my revenge here."If White allows it.Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogleWhatsAppEmailCopy - - - search engines - - best search sites -