When most folks were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight winner Conor McGregor put out a tweet saying that he’s retired from MMA. Below is the quotation from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I have decided to retire from the game officially known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I need all of my old coworkers well going in contest. I join my spouses on this venture, currently in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it is hard to take McGregor seriously. This isn’t the first time he’s said he’s retired from MMA. Another time he tweeted something similar came after he had been filed by Nate Diaz at a shocker at 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 need to keep in mind he’s 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 passion to step into the cage, as far as finances go, he’s set for life. The Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight at 2017 made McGregor up of $100 million, and that monetary windfall help set him up for success using Suitable 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. However he is a rival, and he probably doesn’t wish to go out on a devastating submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his final bout, not to mention all of the shenanigans that went along with it.
This may all be a negotiating strategy by McGregor if anything. It’s smart for McGregor to capture the eye of MMA fans and press. He hasn’t even fought in almost a year and yet remains talked about over any other fighter. He is clearly a very smart guy. 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 appears that is at the crux of his beef with UFC president Dana White and co.. This could be McGregor posturing and trying to acquire the UFC to call his bluff, but it remains to be seen.
Without McGregor, the UFC will have to proceed and book UFC 239 with no 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 plenty of different options for the card including Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. As much as the fans want to view McGregor return and fight someone like Diaz, as far as it seems like the promotion demands McGregor, they truly don’t, along with the UFC’s well-oiled machine will probably continue to move forwards with or without the Irish superstar.
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