70% of me says it's a work, but then of course, I have no idea why he would fake a retirement.
I also don't have inside info on why he might legit retire. Unknown health stuff? He did watch a fellow irish fighter get KILLED in an MMA match recently, so who knows if that perhaps shook him up? Can't say I blame him if that's it. But even still, this is a very bizarre way to announce a retirement... then again Connor McGregor is a very bizzare guy in general, so there you go.
After having some time to digest it...I still don't even begin to think I have a clue. He could very well be officially retired right now, or he could have set a future date where he would still be young and hang it up. At this point, I doubt even Dana White even knows for sure.
While, as a fan, it would suck if he has retired immediately or will hang it up after UFC 200, if he's been smart with his money and can afford to do it, then good for him. Hell, he can probably make as much, if not more as an analyst or another sort of TV personality. He has the charisma for it.
White revealed that the decision was made by the promotion after McGregor informed UFC officials that he would not participate in any promotional activities, including a commercial shoot and press conferences.
Guess that, no matter what, Dana White isn't going to be trifled with.
Last Edit: Apr 19, 2016 18:19:47 GMT -6 by Sandman
Yeah word is McGregor wanted more money so this whole thing comes down to a contract dispute. Kind of crazy Conor would try and renegotiate coming off a loss in which he made more money than any UFC fighter in history for a single fight. Contractually Conor can't just up and leave the UFC. It's basically the Randy Couture situation all over again. Randy wanted more money and announced he was "retiring" thinking he could just sit out his contract and then fight elsewhere. Didn't work that way and a little over a year later he was back defending his title against Brock Lesnar, who then went on to unify it with the Interim championship they made while Randy was out.
If this is indeed the case then we'll see Conor back.
I would also bet money that there is a very good chance we see GSP return to face Nate in the new main event. Bout was already scheduled for 170 lbs, and there is a built in rivalry with the Diaz brothers anyway. Unfortunately the fight will be incredibly one-sided and if Nate is smart he'd turn it down. Nate is small for 170 lbs whereas GSP is a pretty large Welterweight. Nate has also shown in the past that he is susceptible to strong wrestlers being able to get him to the ground and hold him there. I'd see GSP taking him to the ground and dominating him with his top game and either winning a lopsided decision or the fight being stopped due to a cut on Diaz. GSP has been known to cut guys open pretty bad on the ground and we all know how easy Nate bleeds.
EDIT: And apparently people are starting to run with the rumor that Conor will end up in the WWE. Personality wise, sure. Size wise? Not a chance. Conor is 5'9 and 168 lbs at his biggest fight weight. That's shorter and a little more than twenty pounds lighter than Daniel Bryan whom was already considered to be a pretty small guy. Bryan was able to fall back on being a great wrestler with about 15 year experience in the ring.
Not retired, just burned out on the PR stuff and wants to focus on the fight since he is coming off a loss
"I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote. I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop. 50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I'm left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation. And the many distractions that led to this. Nothing else was going through my mind.
It is time to go back and live the life that got me this life. Sitting in a car on the way to some dump in Conneticut or somewhere, to speak to Tim and Suzie on the nobody gives a fuck morning show did not get me this life. Talking to some lady that deep down doesn't give a fuck about what I'm doing, but just wants some sound bites so she can maybe get her little tight ass a nice raise, and I'm cool with that too, I've been giving you all raises. But I need to focus on me now. I'm coming for my revenge here. I flew an entire team to Portugal and to Iceland to make my adjustments in preparation and fix my errors I made with the weight and the cardio prep. With the right adjustments and the right focus, I will finish what I started in that last fight. I will not do this if I am back on the road handing out flyers again.
I will always play the game and play it better than anybody, but just for this one, where I am coming off a loss, I asked for some leeway where I can just train and focus. I did not shut down all media requests. I simply wanted a slight adjustment. But it was denied. There had been 10 million dollars allocated for the promotion of this event is what they told me. So as a gesture of good will, I went and not only saved that 10 million dollars in promotion money, I then went and tripled it for them. And all with one tweet. Keep that 10 mill to promote the other bums that need it. My shows are good. I must isolate myself now. I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time. I can not dance for you this time. It is time for the other monkeys to dance. I've danced us all the way here. Nate's little mush head looks good up on that stage these days. Stuff him in front of the camera for it. He came in with no shit to do that last one. I'd already done press conferences, interviews and shot the ads before RDA pulled out. Maybe I'll hit Cabo this time and skull some shots pre-fight with no obligation.
I'm doing what I need for me now. It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way. I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway. I am still ready to go for UFC 200. I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions. If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don't know what to say.
For the record also - For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations - I AM NOT RETIRED."