While most folks were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor put a tweet out saying that he has retired from MMA. Below is the Complete quote from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I have decided to retire from the sport officially known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my colleagues that are old well going forward in contest. I join my spouses with this particular venture, currently. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it’s difficult to choose McGregor seriously. After all, this isn’t the first time. The other time he tweeted something similar came after he was submitted by Nate Diaz at a shocker at UFC 196. Only a couple of months after tweeting that, he was back at the cage, winning a majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So whenever McGregor tweets something about retiring from MMA, you have to keep in mind he has pulled this stunt before.
At second glance, though, there might be something more to this. In the end, McGregor does not need MMA anymore. It’s just a matter of whether or not he has that burning passion to step into the cage, because as far as finances go, he’s 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 using Proper 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. However he is a competitor, and he probably doesn’t want to venture out on a catastrophic submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 in his final bout, and of course all the shenanigans that went along with it.
If anything, this could be a tactic by McGregor. It’s smart for McGregor to capture the attention of MMA fans and press. He hasn’t even fought in nearly a year and yet is still talked about over any other fighter. He is clearly a very wise guy. The UFC has had discussions with McGregor about returning at UFC 239 at a co-main event bout against Nate Diaz, but McGregor was adamant he wants to fight in the main event, and it appears that is in the crux of his own 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 wants to perform Daniel Cormier from Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title in the main event, and there are plenty of other options for your card for example 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, as far as it appears like the promotion needs McGregor, they truly don’t, along with the UFC’s well-oiled machine will continue to move forwards with or without the Irish superstar.
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