Good evening everyone. This morning, we got some ‘news’ via Conor McGregor’s Twitter account, where he tweeted stating that he was retiring from MMA.
I just want to say one thing about it. This is a complete bluff. Bravo Conor. Bravo.
What a chess move.
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!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
This is not a real retirement. First of all, I remember him doing something very similar to this in 2016 and shortly after, we got an announcement about his rematch with Nate Diaz. Second to that, he was literally JUST tweeting about 2 days ago, about Anthony Pettis having wins in three different weight classes. He said afterwards, “Now who F***ing wants it?”
Conor has been tweeting a lot lately about fighters, especially after big wins. He’s been sounding like he really wants a fight of his own. But the UFC won’t give him what he wants.
Exhibit A: In this ‘retirement’ news, what we really have is, a complete and utter bluff that is meant to push the reigns of the UFC and meet Conor’s demands. I believe he’s trying to remind the UFC how much he means to the company by announcing retirement. I mean, after all, the UFC was practically built around Conor McGregor for the last 4-5 years. If it wasn’t for him, the UFC probably wouldn’t be a multi-billion dollar business today. That might be mere speculation, but it’s likely a fact.
McGregor is the biggest draw in the fight business today.
This ‘retirement’ is merely a chess move to push the UFC to give Conor what he wants for a fight. And what he wants, he’s been asking for since 2016. He wants an ownership stake in the UFC. And I believe he deserves it, 100%. Although it seems the UFC thinks otherwise.
This ‘retirement’ news will push the UFC to meet his demands for a fight and we will see Conor back in the Octagon before the year is out. I’d bet money on it!