While most people were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor put a tweet out 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 game formally known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish my colleagues that are old well going forward in contest. I join my partners on this particular venture, already in retirement. Suitable Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it’s hard to take McGregor seriously. This is not the first time. The other 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 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 could be something more to this. After all, McGregor does not desire MMA anymore. It’s just 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, and that monetary windfall help put him up for success with Suitable 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. However he is a rival, and he likely doesn’t wish to go out on a catastrophic entry loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 in his last bout, and of course all of the shenanigans that went along with it.
This all could be a tactic by McGregor if anything. It’s smart for McGregor to capture the attention of MMA fans and media. He has not even fought in nearly a year and yet remains talked about more than almost any other fighter. He’s clearly a very wise guy. The UFC has had talks 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 seems that’s in 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.
With no McGregor, the UFC will have to go ahead and reserve UFC 239 without him 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 different alternatives for your card including Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. Just as the fans need to see McGregor come back and fight someone like Diaz, as far as it seems like the promotion needs McGregor, they truly don’t, and the UFC’s well-oiled machine will continue to move forwards with or without the Irish superstar.
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