Wouldn’t this just be a total bummer? After stunning the world back in April when he took to social media to announce his retirement ahead of UFC 200, rumors of a Conor McGregor retirement have resurfaced again. While the MMA world was unsure if this a negotiation tactic, McGregor and his team maintained that the Irishman had truly retired. It was only after UFC President Dana White announced that McGregor’s retirement would result in him being stripped of the featherweight title that McGregor admitted t he wasn’t retired. However, now, the rumors revolve around McGregor’s personal relationships, and not with the President of the UFC – Dana White.
Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has recently stated McGregor only plans to fight for another 2-3 years before calling it quits. Similarly, McGregor has stated his plan for his UFC career has always been to dominant the fight game, rise to the top, and then retire. Now, more than ever, it looks like that may unfortunately true.
Ahead of McGregor’s UFC 205 lightweight title fight with Eddie Alvarez on November 12th, the featherweight champion apparently has a big announcement “out of left field” to make according to UFC President Dana White. While there has been no official word yet as to what the announcement is, a report from SmackHisFace.com has revealed that after UFC 205 McGregor will announce his retirement from MMA.
According to the report, teammates at SBG Ireland have stated that the stress of press conferences, media and television obligations, and training, in addition to fighting, have put strain on McGregor’s relationships back home, and as a result he will walk away from the sport for a “significant amount of time” in order to “get his life in order”.
In addition, it has been revealed that McGregor, who will give up one of the titles if victorious according to Dana White, will be relinquishing both title belts.
Losing Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, their two biggest stars, in back to back years, would be a bad look for the UFC. While the UFC will go on and continue to churn in hundreds of millions of dollars, the fact that they cannot retain the biggest names in their sport reflects poorly.
Conor McGregor is maybe the biggest star the UFC has ever had, and losing him in his prime would be a devastating blow.
[h/t BJ Penn]