UFC superstar Conor McGregor made headlines earlier this week when he announced on his Twitter that he was retiring, and the statement was taken seriously enough that the featherweight champion was pulled from the UFC 200 card, where he was slated for a rematch with Nate Diaz after tapping out to him at UFC 196.
However, in a written statement, McGregor has finally addressed his alleged retirement and capped it with a very emphatic “I AM NOT RETIRED.”
Rather, McGregor appears to just be feeling burnt out. He went into detail about how after his loss to Diaz, he just wanted to focus on training for the rematch since it was well above his usual weight class, but UFC insisted that he do promotional event after promotional event.
“I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote,” McGregor said.
McGregor then stated that he was still “ready to go” for UFC 200 and would even still fly to New York for a much-anticipated press conference that has been scheduled for a while. Say what you want about him, but he could be revolutionizing MMA.
The facts are simple. McGregor is absolutely right in that he is paid to fight, not be the promotional company man. That’s UFC president Dana White’s job, with the fighters really just window dressing. Given how McGregor is easily the most popular name in the company right now, this writer thinks that he has earned the right to pick his own schedule when it comes to his fights.
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