While most people were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor put a tweet out stating that he has retired from MMA. Below is the quote from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the game formally called”Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my colleagues that are older well going in contest. I join my spouses on this venture, currently in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it’s hard to choose McGregor seriously. This isn’t the first time. Another time he tweeted something similar after he had been submitted by Nate Diaz at a shocker at UFC 196. Only a few months after tweeting that, he was back at the cage, winning a vast majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So whenever McGregor tweets something about retiring from MMA, you have to keep in mind he’s pulled this stunt before.
At second glance, though, there could be something more to this. After all, McGregor doesn’t desire MMA anymore. It’s only a matter of whether he has that burning fire to step into the cage, because as far as finances go, he’s set for life. The Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight in 2017 made McGregor up of $100 million, which financial windfall help put him up for success using Suitable 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. However he is a rival, and he likely does not want to venture out on a devastating submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 in his last bout, and of course all the shenanigans that went along with it.
If anything, this could be a negotiating tactic by McGregor. It is smart for McGregor to capture the attention of MMA fans and media. He hasn’t even fought in nearly a year and yet is still talked about more than any other fighter. He’s clearly a very wise guy. The UFC has had talks with McGregor about returning at UFC 239 at a co-main event bout against Nate Diaz, but McGregor has been adamant he wants to fight in the main event, and it appears that’s 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 go ahead and reserve UFC 239 without him as a potential fight. The rumors are that the UFC would like to perform Daniel Cormier against Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title in the main event, and there are lots of different alternatives for your card for example Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. As much as the fans need to view McGregor come back and fight someone like Diaz, as far as it appears like the advertising demands McGregor, they really 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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