When most folks were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight winner Conor McGregor put a tweet out saying that he has retired from MMA. Below is the quote 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 of my coworkers that are old well going in competition. I join my previous partners with this venture, already in retirement. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it’s hard to choose McGregor seriously. This isn’t the first time he has said he’s retired from MMA. Another time he tweeted something similar after he had been submitted by Nate Diaz in a shocker in UFC 196. Only a few months after tweeting he had been back at the cage, winning a majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So if McGregor tweets something about retiring from MMA, you need to keep in mind he has pulled this stunt before.
At second glance, though, there could be something more to this. In the end, McGregor doesn’t desire MMA anymore. It’s only a matter of whether or not he has that burning passion to step into the cage, because as far as finances go, he’s set for life. The Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight at 2017 made McGregor up of $100 million, which monetary windfall help set him up for success with Proper 12 whiskey. McGregor doesn’t really truly”need” MMA anymore. But he is a competitor, and he probably does not want to venture out on a devastating entry loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his last bout, and of course all of the shenanigans that went along with it.
This all could be a tactic by McGregor, if anything. It’s smart for McGregor to capture the attention of MMA fans and press. He hasn’t even fought in nearly a year and yet is still talked about more than almost any other fighter. He’s clearly a very wise man. The UFC has had talks with McGregor about returning at UFC 239 at a co-main event fight against Nate Diaz, but McGregor has been adamant he would like to fight in the main event, and it seems that is in the crux of his 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 need to proceed and reserve UFC 239 without him as a potential fight. The rumors are that the UFC wants to do Daniel Cormier against Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title in the main event, and there are lots of other options for the card including Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. As much as the fans need to view McGregor return and fight someone like Diaz, as much as it seems like the advertising demands McGregor, they truly don’t, and the UFC’s well-oiled machine will probably continue to move forwards with or without the Irish superstar.
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