Woah, Conor McGregor announced his retirement via his personal Twitter account.
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
via @TheNotoriousMMA on Twitter
This is an excellent example of “Big if true”, and if it is in fact true then the UFC could be in quite a bit of trouble moving forward. This post comes amidst a series of negotiations with the UFC for contracts and media requests. One of the largest problems in the relationship between McGregor and UFC President Dana White is the lack of exposure now that Mcgregor is no longer a champion.
In case you have been living under a rock for the last 5 years, Conor McGregor is the face of the UFC and combat sports as a whole. He is a cocky Irishman, who has as much ability in the trash-talking realm as he does in the octagon. This quickly generated enough hype for a fight with arguably the greatest boxer of all time, Floyd Mayweather. Though McGregor wasn’t able to win the fight, he walked away with an astounding $85M and more fame than nearly any fighter in the world.
In his return to the octagon, McGregor took on Khabib Nurmagomedov and was beaten soundly. This was the first of a 6 fight contract which Mcgregor signed shortly after the Mayweather bout. That brings us to today, in which Conor was rumored to fight again in July, but as the co-Main Event rather than the true Main Event he is used to.
Dana White has responded to this tweet by sending ESPN’s Brett Okamoto a series of messages which essentially said that Conor was making a smart decision, and that he doesn’t need to fight anymore in order to be successful. Many believe that this is White calling McGregor’s bluff, but others think that this is the end for the “Two-Time Double-Champ”.
Do I think that Conor McGregor is done? HECK NO! Conor is one of the most influential fighters of this century, and has fans worldwide. On top of this, today isn’t the first time that he has announced his retirement with a random tweet. Back in 2016, he tweeted that he wanted to “retire young”, and gave a big “thanks for the cheese” to all his fans. Lastly, Conor LOVES to fight. It’s in his blood, he is a fighter, so expect for a big announcement when he is ready to name his next victim.