CONOR MCGREGOR TWEETS THAT HE HAS RETIRED FROM MMA
While most people were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor put out a tweet stating 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 game formally known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I need of my coworkers well going forward in competition. I join my partners on this particular venture, currently in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it’s hard to choose McGregor seriously. This is not the first time he’s said he is retired from MMA. Another time he tweeted something similar after he had been submitted by Nate Diaz at a shocker in UFC 196. Only a few months after tweeting he had been back in the cage, winning a vast majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So if 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 might be something more to this. After all, McGregor does not need MMA anymore. It is just a matter of whether he has that burning fire to step in the cage, as far as finances go, he is set for life. The Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight at 2017 made McGregor upwards of $100 million, and that financial windfall help set him up for success with Proper 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. But he is a competitor, and he probably doesn’t wish to go out on a catastrophic submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his last bout, and of course all of the shenanigans that went along with it.
This all could be a negotiating tactic by McGregor, if anything. It’s smart for McGregor to capture the eye of MMA fans and press. He hasn’t even fought in nearly a year and yet remains talked about over any other fighter. He is clearly a very smart man. The UFC has had discussions with McGregor about returning at UFC 239 at a co-main event fight against Nate Diaz, but McGregor was adamant he wants to fight in the main event, and it appears that’s 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.
With no McGregor, the UFC will need 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 lots of different alternatives for your card for example Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. As much as the fans want to see McGregor return and fight someone like Diaz, as far as it seems like the advertising demands 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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