McGregor Retired: Will Conor Comeback to UFC?
Early morning on March 26 Conor McGregor announced about his retirement from the UFC via Twitter.
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
Love him or hate him but UFC won’t be the same without Conor McGregor.
This news came out of nowhere as “The Irishman” recently has been very active in the social media calling out to fight many fighters including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone, Nate Diaz, Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier, and Jose Aldo.
The fact is we don’t know what is actually going on in negotiations between Conor McGregor and Dana White – they both like to play games to get the most $$$ out of every situation.
If you are a fan of Conor, I don’t think it’s time to panic.
First of all, it is not McGregor’s first retirement – we’ve already seen something like that in 2016.
Conor lost the first fight to Nate Diaz and soon after got a rematch which was scheduled for UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. Then, all of a sudden, “The Notorious” refused to fly to Las Vegas for the UFC promo event.
On April 19, 2016, Conor McGregor “retired” from the UFC for the first time. His retirement lasted 2 days.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Dana White on Conor McGregor’s retirement tweet in 2016: “Is Conor McGregor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know. But Conor McGregor is not fighting at UFC 200…”
A few days after on April 21, McGregor made a statement on Facebook – he was not retiring. This post got over 700k likes and over 100k comments on Facebook – it was huge.
Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2 still took place at a later date – it was moved from UFC 200 to UFC 202.
So, the question is, will Conor McGregor return to the UFC following his most recent retirement announcement?
It will happen eventually. Maybe not in 2019 but 2020 for sure. And here is a proof of that.
These are odds from the online bookmaker Parimatch. According to them, there is 50/50 chances McGregor will return to fight in the UFC until the end of 2019 and pretty much guaranteed to return until the end of 2020.
Parimatch don’t believe that McGregor is done with MMA. Hold on, wait… Maybe they know better more than what we do? It’s not just a random bookmaker, they sponsor McGregor and I’m pretty sure they have an inside information on what is actually happening.
What do you personally think? Will Conor McGregor return in the octagon and when? Will it be a rematch versus Khabib Nurmagomedov?