LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor was supposed to headline UFC 200. And he's still willing to do it.
The UFC featherweight champion said Thursday at a UFC 202 on-sale press conference here at T-Mobile Arena that he's willing to fill the main event vacancy left when Jon Jones was yanked from the card Wednesday. Jones failed an out-of-competition drug test and is facing a potential anti-doping violation from USADA.
"I'm here and I'm in shape," McGregor said, drawing loud cheers from the crowd. "All they gotta do is ask."
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt is the new UFC 200 main event. The UFC is still looking for an opponent for Daniel Cormier, the UFC light heavyweight champion who was supposed to fight Jones in the headliner. UFC president Dana White says Cormier will fight Saturday, but there has not been an opponent named yet.
McGregor also gave his opinion on how he much he thinks UFC 200 will draw in terms of financials this weekend. The brash Irishman said he holds the UFC pay-per-view record from his UFC 196 fight with Nate Diaz and does not foresee UFC 200 breaking it. UFC 196 was estimated to be around 1.5 million pay-per-view buys.
"I'm happy with my No. 1 spot currently," McGregor said. "It's the No. 1 pay-per-view in the company's history. People think UFC 100 done more pay-per-view buys, but it didn't. Know that. I feel this will do well, even though Jon Jones and Cormier was off, the last contest done 750,000 buys. It was a five-rounder. It wasn't the best contest, I didn't feel. It was ok. I don't feel that was the attraction. I think bringing Brock back is the attraction to the card."
McGregor, 27, lost to Diaz at UFC 196 by second-round submission. The two men will meet again at UFC 202 on Aug. 20 here at the new T-Mobile Arena. McGregor and Diaz were initially the UFC 200 main event, but McGregor was pulled by the UFC for not wanting to go on a media tour back in April. Diaz preferred not to fight anyone else on the card.
The UFC 202 rematch, McGregor said, could set the new PPV record. Not UFC 200 in its current state.
"I think it will do OK numbers, but it won't take UFC 196 for the top spot and it certainly won't take 202 off the top spot," McGregor said of UFC 200. "No way."