While most people were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor put out a tweet saying that he’s retired from MMA. Below is the quote from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I have decided to retire from the sport formally known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I need of my coworkers that are old well going in contest. I join my spouses on this particular venture, already in retirement. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it’s hard to take McGregor seriously. In the end, this isn’t the first time he has said he’s retired from MMA. Another time he tweeted something similar after he was 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 vast majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So whenever McGregor tweets something about retiring from MMA, then you have to keep in mind he has pulled this stunt before.
At second glance, however, there might be something more to this. After all, McGregor does not need MMA. It is just 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 at 2017 made McGregor up of $100 million, which monetary windfall help put him up for success with Suitable 12 whiskey. McGregor doesn’t really truly”need” MMA anymore. But he’s a rival, and he probably doesn’t want to venture out on a catastrophic submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 in his final bout, not to mention all the shenanigans that went along with it.
This could be a negotiating tactic by McGregor, if anything. It is smart for McGregor to get the eye of MMA fans and media. He hasn’t even fought in nearly a year and yet remains talked about more than almost any other fighter. He is clearly a very wise man. The UFC has had talks with McGregor about coming at UFC 239 in a co-main event bout against Nate Diaz, but McGregor has been adamant he wants to fight in the main event, and it seems that’s 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.
With no McGregor, the UFC will have to go ahead and book UFC 239 without him as a potential fight. The rumors are that the UFC would like to do Daniel Cormier from 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. Just as the fans want to view McGregor return and fight someone like Diaz, and as much as it seems like the advertising demands McGregor, they really don’t, and the UFC’s well-oiled machine will continue to move forwards with or without the Irish celebrity.
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