When most folks were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight winner Conor McGregor put out a tweet saying that he has retired from MMA. Below is the Complete quote from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport officially known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all of my coworkers well going in competition. I join my partners on this particular venture, currently in retirement. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it is hard to take McGregor seriously. After all, this isn’t the first time he’s said he’s retired from MMA. The other time he tweeted something similar after he was filed by Nate Diaz at a shocker at UFC 196. Only a few months after tweeting he was back at the cage, winning a vast majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So whenever McGregor tweets some thing about retiring from MMA, then you have to keep in mind he has pulled this stunt before.
At second glance, however, there could be something more to this. In the end, McGregor does not desire MMA. It is just a matter of whether or not he has that burning fire to step into the cage, because as far as finances go, he is set for life. The Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight in 2017 made McGregor upwards of $100 million, and that 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 wish to venture 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.
This could be a negotiating strategy by McGregor if anything. It’s smart for McGregor to get the eye of MMA fans and media. He has not even fought in nearly a year and yet remains talked about over any other fighter. He is clearly a very wise man. The UFC has had talks with McGregor about returning at UFC 239 in a co-main event fight against Nate Diaz, but McGregor was adamant he would like to fight in the main event, and it appears that’s at 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 perform Daniel Cormier against Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title in the main event, and there are lots of other alternatives for your card for example Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. Just as the fans want to see McGregor come back and fight someone like Diaz, as far as it appears 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 celebrity.
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