Is This Really the End For Conor McGregor?
Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has officially retired from the UFC, revealing on his Twitter account recently that he’d be “retiring young”.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
There are numerous conflicting reports and speculations, ranging from McGregor demanding $10 million for his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 to McGregor not wanting to risk serious injury after witnessing the death of fellow fighter Joao Carvalho.
All we do know for sure is that UFC president Dana White went on ESPN to confirm that McGregor would no longer be fighting on the UFC 200 card and that he didn’t know what the future would bring.
White suggested that the media would have to ask McGregor directly to find out if he’s for sure retired, but per White, McGregor was removed from the card due to failing to show up for the promotional side of the fight campaign.
“We pulled Conor McGregor from UFC 200 and we’re working on other fights right now,” White said. “Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial and be a part of the marketing. He’s in Iceland training.”
So, there’s that.
Could McGregor just be flexing his muscle to White in order to drum up a bigger payday down the road? Or was this merely a case of McGregor using obligations concerning the fight to back out of a rematch with Diaz, who beat him last month?
That doesn’t sound like McGregor, but that doesn’t mean his motives aren’t financially driven. It also doesn’t mean that McGregor is immune to emotions and thinking about his future.
He revealed as much on his Facebook when he addressed the death of Carvalho:
My condolences go out to Joao’s family and his team. Their man was a hell of a fighter and will be sorely missed by all. Combat sport is a crazy game and with the recent incident in boxing and now this in MMA, it is a sad time to be a fighter and a fight fan. It is easy for those on the outside to criticize our way of living, but for the millions of people around the world who have had their lives, their health, their fitness and their mental strength all changed for the better through combat, this is truly a bitter pill to swallow. We have lost one of us.
Whether McGregor’s quick retirement was one based on future health concerns, financial disagreement or not wanting to fight Diaz again, one thing is for sure: it was based on emotion.
That is, unless he never retired in the first place.
McGregor was supposedly training rigorously as recent as April 18th, and now is suddenly no longer an active MMA fighter. It remains to be seen how long that lasts or if it’s even true at all. His sudden “retirement” could just be a play against White after being pulled from UFC 200, it could be a joke, it could be media bait or it could be just nothing at all.
Until we hear more from McGregor specifically, we can’t assume much. All we know is he won’t be fighting Diaz again at UFC 200 and we may not know for a while when his next fight will be.
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