Connor McGregor Retires, Pulled From UFC 200
Connor McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion, shocked the MMA world Tuesday with a tweet that reads, “I have decided to retire young,” a few months before his scheduled rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.Advertisement
Barely hours after McGregor’s sensational tweet, UFC president Dana White appeared on ESPN SportsCenter to reveal that the promotion had pulled McGregor from the main event at UFC 200, citing the Irishman’s unwillingness to participate in mandatory promotional activities.
“We pulled Conor McGregor from UFC 200 and we’re working on other fights right now. Connor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial and be a part of the marketing. He’s in Iceland training. Is Connor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know,” a distraught White told SportsCenter, appearing perplexed at McGregor’s sudden decision.
Is Connor McGregor Scared of Diaz?
The 27-year-old Irish fighter went 7-0 to start his UFC career before suffering his only loss in a non-title bout against Diaz at UFC 196 in Las Vegas on March 5. The McGregor-Diaz rematch scheduled for UFC 200 was expected to pull in record pay-per-view buys.
Despite the embarrassing defeat to Diaz, McGregor picked up three sensational knockout victories over Dennis Siver, Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo in 2015 to put the MMA world on notice. McGregor also set a UFC record for the quickest finish in a title fight by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December.
The word on the street is that McGregor doesn’t believe he can beat Diaz and retired prematurely to avoid another embarrassment. Remember, McGregor was never meant to fight Diaz back in March; he was originally scheduled to face Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight championship, until dos Anjos withdrew due to injury.
According to McGregor’s inner circle, the Dublin native wasn’t mentally prepared to handle a new opponent thrown at him in the last minute.
Joao Carvalho’s death
Incidentally, McGregor’s tweet comes just a week after Joao Carvalho died from injuries suffered during a fight earlier this month. “To see a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking,” McGregor wrote on his Facebook page, after witnessing from ringside Carvalho’s life-ending fighting in Dublin.
How will you remember Connor McGregor? Would you say he made enough money and cashed out at the right time? That wouldn’t be far-fetched.