In an interview with GQ, McGregor says UFC 200 was not successful without him.
People spend a lot of money to come see me fight from my hometown (in Ireland), and they had already purchased tickets, so I wanted to get back on that card. They weren’t having it. They didn’t put me on the card — that’s OK —and the card bombed. I was ringside. The fights weren’t great, but now here we are.