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When 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 quotation from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally called”Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my coworkers that are older well going in contest. I join my partners on this venture, currently in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it is difficult to take McGregor seriously. This isn’t the first time. The other time he tweeted something similar came after he was submitted by Nate Diaz in a shocker at UFC 196. Just a couple of months after tweeting he was back at the cage, winning a vast majority decision over Diaz at UFC 202. So if McGregor tweets something 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 need MMA. It’s only a matter of whether he has that burning fire to step into 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, which financial windfall help put him up for success using Suitable 12 whiskey. McGregor does not really truly”need” MMA anymore. But he’s a competitor, and he likely does not want to go out on a devastating entry loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his last bout, not to mention all of 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 almost a year and yet remains talked about more than 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 has been adamant he wants to fight in the main event, and it seems that is at 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 have to go ahead and book UFC 239 with no as a potential fight. The rumors are that the UFC wants to do Daniel Cormier against Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title in the main event, and there are plenty of other alternatives for your card including Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. Just as the fans need to view McGregor return and fight someone like Diaz, and as far as it seems like the advertising demands McGregor, they really don’t, along with the UFC’s well-oiled machine will probably continue to move forwards with or without the Irish celebrity.
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