Early within the morning, Conor McGregor tweeted that he’s retiring from the game referred to as “Combined Martial Artwork.” The surprising message has the sports activities world questioning what all of it means.
First off, we don’t know if this implies something. Again in 2016, McGregor equally, out of nowhere, used Twitter as a platform to announce his retirement. After all, this turned out to be completely nothing and McGregor got here again higher than ever.
I’ve determined to retire younger.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
This time could also be completely different, nevertheless. And there are causes to imagine it will likely be. McGregor is a a lot richer man lately after a large payday in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. The method led to McGregor taking a very long time off from the UFC, and certain mentally testing. The affect was apparent in his eventual return, when he was dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Whereas not each opponent is Nurmagomedov, there’s a actual concern McGregor can ever compete on the stage he as soon as did. Ronda Rousey was unable to recuperate after a nasty loss and different pursuits happened. All issues thought of, it could not be seen as silly for McGregor to stroll away; McGregor is reportedly planning to give attention to his whiskey firm after his retirement, and got here out of the Mayweather combat with a considerable purse. But when it’s the case that McGregor by no means returns to the UFC, there isn’t any denying the UFC ought to be terrified.
The UFC is just not at the moment outfitted for all times after McGregor. They’ve made it as arduous as ever to buy costly fights now that it needs to be achieved by means of ESPN+. Dropping McGregor would additionally imply dropping McGregor’s massive fanbase. For all of the genius of Dana White, he has not created a brand new mainstream star after McGregor. Rousey is gone and Jon Jones doesn’t transfer the needle like that regardless of being arguably the very best to ever do it.
Not having McGregor leaves the UFC desperately needing a number of fights from Brock Lesnar. Whether or not that occurs or not, the previous would nonetheless be a steep fall from the curiosity McGregor brings to the octagon. Like with McGregor’s retirement, Lesnar’ return is a serious unknown.
Perhaps McGregor will idiot us once more. Perhaps individuals aren’t shopping for this one in any respect this time. The sensible wager would even be that he’ll combat as soon as once more within the UFC in some unspecified time in the future. However there ought to be warning there. This isn’t 2016. McGregor doesn’t want the UFC like he as soon as did.