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Irish people and MMA fans alike rejoice following latest McGregor announcement

UFCBy Colm Hayes
Irish people and MMA fans alike rejoice following latest McGregor announcement

It seems as though the Notorious has won his battle with the UFC hierarchy following his latest Tweet.

Conor McGregor will fight at UFC 200.

The Dubliner made the announcement this morning via his Twitter account, much to the delight of his huge following.

Following pictures which emerged of the Irish fighter having taken an extra day off from training in Iceland at the weekend, it looked as though the cancelled UFC 200 main event was no bluff by the organisation's chiefs.

However, the power struggle between the company and its most-prized asset has been won out by the Crumlin native.

McGregor sent waves of shock through the world of MMA, and the sporting world in general, when he announced his retirement last Tuesday.

While it soon became apparent that there was no way a fighter in his prime, with many bouts seemingly left to come in a valuable career, could retire, it seemed as though McGregor's actions meant he would miss out on a huge payday as Dana White removed his Nate Diaz rematch from the UFC 200 card.

A statement released by the Notorious on Thursday revealed that a power struggle was taking place between the organisation and the fighter as McGregor battled to lessen his media exposure in preference to better preparation for the July 9 bout.

While the UFC's stance on such actions had previously been to remove a fighter from a bout he refused to promote in the fashion they want it promoted, it seems as though McGregor's earning capability has changed Dana White's mind.

There is likely to be much more said about this entire matter before McGregor and Diaz go at it again at UFC 200, particularly when the Dubliner faces the media in New York in the build up to the rematch.

There is no doubt that with over two months to the fight, this will be McGregor and the UFC's most-talked about event so far.