Conor McGregor Says He’s Retiring - Again
June 10, 2020
The Irishman would have been well aware of all eyes being fixed firmly on the social media platform in order to engage and discuss Nunes’ positively dominant title defence. Never one to miss a PR opportunity, McGregor took the bait.
That’s Just Conor, Says White
A dead-ringer giveaway as to what fans are supposed to be making of the UFC champion fighter’s latest resignation declaration is UFC big-boss Dana White’s utterly unfazed response to the Irishman’s resignation number three. Said White after the fight, its just the way “Conor does things”.
Necessary to keep in mind too is that, save for McGregor having on a various occasions in the past said things for the simple heck of having said them, retirement announcements are a time-honoured tradition among desperate and/or aging MMA and boxing greats. Whether it is to pursue new business opportunities or to make attention-seeking waves, announcing a fake retirement appears to do the trick every single time.
Bookies Aren’t Buying It
Needless to say, and especially since McGregor is classed prime prop-bets material, the bookies aren’t at all convinced. Even so, oddsmakers could not wait to jump all over the latest juicy bit of UFC information. Props range from the when to the if to the who-next and bets have already started flying in from all over.
Despite the Irish bad-boy fighter’s 2-year-long absence leading up to January’s Donald Cerrone fight, Conor McGregor all throughout the break remained one of the UFC’s most popular fighters on the square. It all came together in rather grand fashion when McGregor spent no more than 40 seconds in total giving Cerrone the lashing of his life and an inability to finish the fight.
When asked about his secret to post-absence success, his reply came quick and easy: focus and a disciplined approach. He also couldn’t help hinting in the direction of a possible repeat stand-off with Khabib. When asked whether or not he feared a repeat-thrashing by Khabib, he explained that things would be different the next time he faced up to his nemesis in the ring, as he (McGregor) had allowed his alcohol-consuming party animal lifestyle to catch up with in the previous time round. There would be no repeat of all of that, and neither of his pub fighting shenanigans, he solemnly vowed.
All good so far.
(Un) Lucky Number 3?
In regard to his previous “retirements”, the first came back in 2016 already. McGregor, who would have been only barely 27 at the time, was according to UFC big-boss Dana White, peeved off at the way in which Ultimate Fight Club had gone about promoting an at-the-time upcoming fight with Nate Diaz. Needless to say, McGregor pitched up to the Diaz fight later on that year in August.
McGregor’s second retirement was announced as recently as March last year. Dana White was again instantly able to provide a little clarity regarding what to make of it all and explained that McGregor’s second retirement announcement was probably the result of refused UFC company-ownership.
Because really, when you think about it, or at least according to Dana White, its just the way Conor does things.