When most people were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight winner Conor McGregor put a tweet out saying that he’s retired from MMA. Below is the quote from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish my older colleagues well going forward in contest. I now join my former spouses on this venture, currently. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it is difficult to take McGregor seriously. After all, this is not the first time he’s said he is retired from MMA. The other time he tweeted something similar after he was submitted by Nate Diaz at a shocker at UFC 196. Just a couple of months after tweeting he had been back in the cage, winning a majority decision over Diaz in UFC 202. So whenever McGregor tweets some thing about retiring from MMA, you need to keep in mind he’s 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 is only a matter of whether or not 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 in 2017 made McGregor up of $100 million, which monetary windfall help set him up for success using Proper 12 whiskey. McGregor doesn’t really truly”need” MMA anymore. However he is a competitor, and he likely does not want to venture out on a catastrophic entry loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his last bout, and of course all the shenanigans that went along with it.
This could be a tactic by McGregor, if anything. It’s smart for McGregor to get the attention of MMA fans and media. He has not even fought in almost a year and yet is still talked about more than almost any other fighter. He is clearly a very wise guy. The UFC has had talks with McGregor about coming 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 seems that is at 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.
Without 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 other alternatives for your card including Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. As much as the fans need to see McGregor return and fight someone like Diaz, and as far 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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