So if you were on seemingly any part of the internet last night then you probably heard about Conor McGregor’s cryptic Tweet which seemed to suggest that he was retiring from MMA. Many (myself included) saw this as nothing more than a publicity stunt to promote UFC 200, this was especially the case when Nate Diaz weighed in Tweeting that he is retiring too!
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
I guess my work here is done I'm retiring too✌?️??
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 19, 2016
The two men were meant to face each other at UFC 200 in a rematch after Nate Diaz submitted Conor McGregor in the second round of their UFC 196 fight. This was until the UFC announced last night that they had pulled McGregor from the card with president Dana White saying that they chose to do this because Conor never showed up to a press conference in Las Vegas to promote the event this week. The reason for this is that Conor is currently in Iceland preparing for his rematch with Diaz and doesn’t want to do any promotion or deal with any press in his preparation.
— UFC (@ufc) April 19, 2016
What do I make of all of this? It’s the stupidest thing ever. Let the man train for his fight! Forget your press conferences and media days. Doesn’t Dana White see that “McGregor vs. Diaz II at UFC 200” sells itself in name alone? Before almost every single one of his fights, you always hear Conor complaining about the media obligations and the negative effect they have on him. Could the UFC not just give him one fight where he can prepare fully in peace? Considering this is McGregor’s ‘comeback’ fight since losing to Diaz last month, obviously media and promotion are the very last thing on his mind at the moment. Let the fighters fight and the promoters promote.
Does the name Conor McGregor not promote his fight enough as is? Has Conor not done enough promotion for the company in the last 3 years to justify taking a media break? I think that the UFC could have made a huge mistake here. Of course, nobody knows what’s happening behind the scenes so me saying that the UFC made a mistake is just me speaking as a fan of Conor McGregor, as a fan of MMA, God knows who’s to actually blame here. In my opinion, unless the UFC have some sort of super fight between GSP and Robbie Lawlor, UFC 200 could turn out to be a small bit of an anti-climax. This has to be their biggest card yet in order to succeed and it could be hard to have that massive card without arguably their biggest star.
To finish this off, if Conor McGregor is actually done with fighting, I think I speak for most fight fans by saying thank you! Conor McGregor’s attitude and sportsmanship have been nothing short of inspiring. Watching him fight has always been a pleasure and an absolutely incredible experience, in both victory and defeat. He gave Ireland a reason to smile when we had so many to frown. Conor McGregor will certainly go down as one of Ireland’s all-time great sportspeople.
Until Next Time,