Now that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight titleholder Miesha Tate is done picking up the pieces, she can focus on her upcoming title defense against Amanda Nunes at the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) card on July 9, 20016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
More on that showdown right here.
UFC 200 was originally expected to be headlined by Conor McGregor, but the "Notorious" Irishman had a temporary falling out with his mixed martial arts (MMA) employers and balked at the idea of flying back to "Sin City" to film some dopey commercial.
Blame the big head? Tate has a conversation with SiriusXM Fight Club (via MMA Fighting):
"The UFC has gone above and beyond to accommodate him and you've got to think about this too: how did Conor McGregor become Conor McGregor? If there was no UFC you wouldn't know who he was. It's been a mutual effort on both their parts. The UFC has spent a tremendous amount of money promoting Conor McGregor and he's made a lot of money -- for himself and for them -- but it's teamwork. They're both working hard to create something great and it has been great but don't change now Conor. Stay the course. This is what you've been doing this is what got you here. Don't get big headed and now think that you're above it because I think that's the downfall."
McGregor is definitely not above it all.
I know that for a fact because he was below Nate Diaz during his submission loss at UFC 196, which ended his "Notorious" run throughout the ranks of the world's largest combat sports promotion. It doesn't appear to have damaged his star power, thanks to a rub from this guy.
Then again, the bigger they are...