CONOR MCGREGOR TWEETS THAT HE HAS RETIRED FROM MMA
When most people were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor put out a tweet saying that he has retired from MMA. Below is the Complete quote from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish my coworkers well going in contest. I join my former spouses with this particular venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it’s hard to choose McGregor seriously. After all, this isn’t the first time. Another time he tweeted something similar came after he was submitted by Nate Diaz in a shocker at UFC 196. Only a couple of months after tweeting he had been back at the cage, winning a majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So whenever McGregor tweets some thing about retiring from MMA, you need to keep in mind he has pulled this stunt before.
At second glance, however, there could be something more to this. After all, McGregor does not desire MMA anymore. It is only a matter of whether he has that burning fire to step into the cage, as far as finances go, he’s set for life. The Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight at 2017 made McGregor upwards of $100 million, and that financial windfall help put him up for success with Proper 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. But he is a rival, and he likely does not want to go out on a devastating entry loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his last bout, and of course all the shenanigans that went along with it.
This may be a negotiating 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 man. 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 appears that’s at the crux of his beef with UFC president Dana White and co.. This could all be McGregor posturing and trying to get the UFC to call his bluff, but it remains to be seen.
With no McGregor, the UFC will have to proceed and book 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 options 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 much as it seems like the advertising needs McGregor, they truly don’t, along with the UFC’s well-oiled machine will continue to move forwards with or without the Irish celebrity.
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