While most folks were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor put a tweet out stating that he’s retired from MMA. Below is the quotation from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport officially called”Mixed Martial Art” today. I need my old colleagues well going in contest. I join my partners with this venture, currently. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it is hard to choose McGregor seriously. In the end, this isn’t the first time he’s said he’s retired from MMA. Another time he tweeted something similar after he was submitted by Nate Diaz at a shocker at UFC 196. Only a few months after tweeting he was back in the cage, winning a majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So if McGregor tweets something about retiring from MMA, you have to keep in mind he has pulled this stunt before.
At second glance, however, there could be something more to this. After all, McGregor does not need MMA. It is only a matter of whether or not he has that burning passion to step into the cage, 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 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 doesn’t wish to venture out on a catastrophic entry loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his last bout, not to mention all of the shenanigans that went along with it.
This may be a negotiating tactic by McGregor if anything. It’s smart for McGregor to capture the eye of MMA fans and media. He hasn’t even fought in almost a year and yet is still talked about more than almost any other fighter. He is clearly a very smart man. The UFC has had discussions with McGregor about coming at UFC 239 in a co-main event fight against Nate Diaz, but McGregor was adamant he wants 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 acquire the UFC to call his bluff, but it remains to be seen.
With no McGregor, the UFC will need 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 plenty of different alternatives for your card including Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. Just as the fans want to view McGregor return and fight someone like Diaz, as far as it appears like the promotion demands McGregor, they really 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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