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When most folks were sleeping, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor put out a tweet saying that he has retired from MMA. Below is the quotation from his tweet:
“Hey guys quick announcement, I have decided to retire from the game formally known as”Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my coworkers that are old well going forward in competition. I join my previous spouses on this venture, currently. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
At first glance, it is difficult to take McGregor seriously. This is not the first time he’s said he’s retired from MMA. The other time he tweeted something similar after he had been filed by Nate Diaz in a shocker at UFC 196. Only a couple of months after tweeting he had been back in 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. In the end, McGregor does not need MMA anymore. It’s only a matter of whether or not he has that burning passion to step into the cage, because as far as finances go, he is set for life. The Floyd Mayweather boxing superfight in 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 probably does not wish to go out on a devastating entry loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in his final bout, and of course all the shenanigans that went along with it.
This could be a negotiating tactic by McGregor, if anything. It’s smart for McGregor to capture the eye of MMA fans and media. He has not even fought in nearly a year and yet is still talked about more than any other fighter. He’s clearly a very smart guy. The UFC has had discussions with McGregor about coming at UFC 239 in a co-main event bout 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 own 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.
Without McGregor, the UFC will need to go ahead and book UFC 239 without him as a potential fight. The rumors are that the UFC wants to do Daniel Cormier from Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title in the main event, and there are plenty of other alternatives for the card for example Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title. Just as the fans need to view McGregor return and fight someone like Diaz, as far as it seems like the advertising demands McGregor, they truly 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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