If Conor McGregor is critical about retirement, UFC President Dana White apparently has no complaints about it.
Former UFC two-division champ McGregor (21-Four MMA, 9-2 UFC) took to Twitter early Tuesday morning and introduced he was hanging up his gloves and ending his tenure as an expert fighter, which was met with shock and skepticism from the MMA neighborhood.
One one that is seemingly not skeptical of the announcement is White, who apparently has no argument with “The Infamous” and truly agrees along with his determination
“He has the cash to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN’ it,” White mentioned in a press release obtained by MMA Junkie. “It completely is smart. If I used to be him, I’d retire too. He’s retiring from combating, not from working. The whiskey will maintain him busy, and I’m certain he has different issues he’s engaged on. He has been so enjoyable to observe. He has achieved unbelievable issues on this sport. I’m so completely satisfied for him, and I look ahead to seeing him be as profitable exterior of the octagon as he was in it.”
McGregor, 30, final competed at UFC 229 in October when he suffered a fourth-round submission loss to light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a extremely anticipated affair. It marked his return to MMA competitors after practically a two-year hiatus, which included a boxing match in opposition to Floyd Mayweather.
As lately as Monday, McGregor was quoted as saying he was in negotiations for a return to motion at UFC 239 in July. Nonetheless, nothing was finalized.
Whether or not his retirement tweet stemmed from negotiations going bitter or one thing else completely, that is still unknown. Nonetheless, he apparently has the help of White, who has promoted all 11 of his fights beneath the UFC banner and mentioned his relationship with McGregor has by no means been particularly poor.
“We actually have by no means had a foul dialog since Conor has been within the UFC,” White mentioned in additional remark to MMA Junkie. “You know the way I really feel about retirement: If u are saying it … you must most likely do it. I’ve by no means been upset about anybody retiring. When a fighter feels she or he ought to retire then I agree they need to.”
McGregor’s six-month suspension for his function within the notorious UFC 229 brawl is about to be lifted April 6. Earlier this month, McGregor was arrested on strong-arm theft costs in Miami for allegedly smashing after which stealing a fan’s cellphone exterior a nightclub.
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