UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor sets the internet on fire by announcing on Twitter that he will be retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts. It has led to a lot of speculations on what are his reasons for doing it.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Many fans thought that McGregor was just trolling, but it became a reality when UFC Pesident Dana White made a shocking announcement on Tuesday during an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter. He revealed that the McGregor vs. Nate Diaz rematch on UFC 200 has been canceled.
“Is Conor McGregor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know. But Conor McGregor is not fighting at UFC 200,” White said via MMA Junkie.
The UFC president explained that “Notorious” did not want to leave his training camp in Iceland to do promotional work for UFC 200. It appears that the main reason McGregor was pulled out from the biggest event in UFC history was just because he doesn’t want to show up for a press conference.
“We spend a lot of money with this stuff, and you have to do it, man. Obviously, we still have a good relationship with Conor. I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can’t decide to not show up for this things. You have to do them,” White added.
Another possible reason for the 27-year-old Irishman’s retirement may have been the traumatic experience he had during Joao Carvalho’s final match. As mentioned in a previous report, Carvalho is the MMA fighter that died a couple of weeks ago after a loss to McGregor’s teammate Charlie Ward.
On the other hand, Yahoo! Sports noted on a report that there has been rumors going around in a lot of MMA circles about a dispute between McGregor and the UFC. Both sides have denied it but if it’s about money, it certainly can cause some friction.
We fans should wait until McGregor makes it clear what are his reasons for retiring from MMA. It’s just all speculations.
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