Soon after Conor McGregor announced that he is retiring, the MMA world went into frenzy. People are also claiming that the announcement is nothing but a ploy by McGregor.
The reasons for his announcement though have not been made clear. But there is one man who believes to know the answers.
“Conor had a deal with the UFC. And Conor’s now going back and trying to renegotiate and it just doesn’t work that way. It can’t,” Sonnen said, reports MMA Fighting.
“You can’t write everything down, you can’t get your contracts done all the time in this business. There’s 500 guys under contract. There’s not even that many employees in the UFC. I think there’s like 340 employees with 500 fighters. There’s 53 shows scheduled for a year that only has 52 weeks in the year. You have to be able to make a phone call, count on whatever the guy says, hang up the phone and that’s the end of it. You have to be able to do that.”
“Conor has a contract, he made a deal, somewhere he didn’t sign it. Let the promotion go out, let the money get spent and then realized ‘I’ve got the upper hand. Now I can come back and renegotiate. Who’s going to tell me no when the advertising is already done?’ That’s what he did. Guaranteed. With no inside knowledge, guaranteed that’s what happened.”
Chael Sonnen also thinks that Conor McGregor has made a “big mistake” by announcing his retirement. The announcement comes at a time when the Irishman was scheduled to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200.
“When you get beat up by a guy, and then you agree to fight him again, and then you pull out, it really doesn’t matter after that. And the miscalculation here by Conor is he’s not gonna be telling his side. He’s gonna be telling his side to whoever.com. He’s not gonna be telling it on FS1 or ESPN or anywhere else. Those days are gone. This was a big mistake,” he said.
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