When most people were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight winner Conor McGregor put out a tweet stating that he has retired from MMA. Below is the Complete quotation from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I have decided to retire from the game formally known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I need all my older coworkers well going in competition. I join my former partners with this venture, currently in retirement. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it’s difficult to take McGregor seriously. This is not the first time he has said he is retired from MMA. The other time he tweeted something similar after he had been submitted by Nate Diaz in a shocker at UFC 196. Just a few months after tweeting that, he had been back in the cage, winning a vast majority decision over Diaz in UFC 202. So whenever McGregor tweets something about retiring from MMA, then you have to keep in mind he has pulled this stunt before.
At second glance, though, there could be something more to this. After all, McGregor doesn’t desire MMA anymore. It is just a matter of whether he has that burning passion to step in the cage, as far as finances go, he’s set for life. The Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight at 2017 made McGregor upwards of $100 million, and that monetary windfall help put him up for success with Proper 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. But he’s a rival, and he likely does not wish to go out on a catastrophic entry loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his final bout, and of course all of the shenanigans that went along with it.
If anything, this could all be a negotiating strategy by McGregor. It is smart for McGregor to get the attention of MMA fans and media. He hasn’t even fought in nearly a year and yet is still talked about over almost any other fighter. He is clearly a very smart guy. The UFC has had discussions with McGregor about coming at UFC 239 at a co-main event fight against Nate Diaz, but McGregor was adamant he wants to fight in the main event, and it appears that’s in the crux of his own beef with UFC president Dana White and co.. This could all be McGregor posturing and trying to get the UFC to call his bluff, but it remains to be seen.
Without McGregor, the UFC will have to go ahead and reserve UFC 239 without him as a possible fight. The rumors are that the UFC wants to do Daniel Cormier from Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title in the main event, and there are plenty of other alternatives for your card including Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. Just as the fans need to view McGregor come back and fight someone like Diaz, and as far as it seems like the advertising needs McGregor, they truly don’t, along with the UFC’s well-oiled machine will probably continue to move forwards with or without the Irish celebrity.
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