Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) two-division champion Conor McGregor retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) last weekend, an aired announcement that looked less like a show of solidarity and rather to an attempt to steal part of the brilliance of the UFC 250 pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Anyway, nobody seemed to give the ass of a rat.
Probably because McGregor already (coughed) “retired” twice before and found himself right inside the cage after he locked in a more favorable contract. And I think the combat sports fan base has grown weary of fighters using retirement (and social media) as a vehicle for negotiation.
“Fortunately, all of the elderly are still hiding in their homes,” top lightweight contender, Justin Gaethje, wrote on Twitter. “This guy is on another bender. “
Gaethje has been trying to finagle a McGregor showdown for the past year, but “Notorious” was more interested in fighting Donald Cerrone. The “old” jab refers to the bar fight of the Irishman at home, the one who landed him in serious trouble.
“If I’m not mistaken, didn’t you tell Mike Tyson that you could beat me if we fight a second time?” Now you leave! Former opponent Floyd Mayweather posted on Instagram. “I thought you wanted to beat the best?” Well, if you decide to come back, I will wait to punish you again.
Mayweather whooped McGregor when they boxed in the summer of 2017.
Not sure if McGregor is actually made or just making noise to get UFC back at the bargaining table. If in fact “Notorious” does not go away, it will be a disappointing (but profitable) end to a career that could have come down as the greatest of all time.
But probably not.