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 quotation from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I need all my colleagues that are older well going in competition. I join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it is difficult to choose McGregor seriously. This is not the first time he’s said he is retired from MMA. Another time he tweeted something similar came after he was submitted by Nate Diaz at a shocker at UFC 196. Only a few months after tweeting that, he had been back in 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, though, there could be something more to this. After all, McGregor doesn’t need MMA. It is only a matter of whether he has that burning passion to step in the cage, because as far as finances go, he is 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 using Proper 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. But he’s a rival, and he likely doesn’t wish to venture out on a devastating submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 in his final bout, and of course all of the shenanigans that went along with it.
If anything, this could be a negotiating tactic by McGregor. It’s smart for McGregor to capture the attention of MMA fans and media. He hasn’t even fought in almost a year and yet is still talked about over any other fighter. He is clearly a very smart guy. The UFC has had talks with McGregor about returning at UFC 239 at a co-main event bout against Nate Diaz, but McGregor was adamant he would like to fight in the main event, and it seems 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.
With no McGregor, the UFC will have to proceed and reserve UFC 239 with no 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 for example Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. As much as the fans want to see McGregor come back and fight someone like Diaz, and as much as it appears like the promotion needs McGregor, they really 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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