Conor McGregor shook the MMA world today when he announced his retirement via his personal Twitter account. The internet went absolutely wild. Some called it a publicity stunt. Others said that sources close to Conor’s camp confirmed his retirement.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Rumors were swirling all over the web until Dana White came out and shocked the UFC community and the sporting world. He announced that Conor was pulled from UFC 200 and his highly anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz (the man who beat him previously) due to Conor’s refusal to do any press events to promote the event. White’s announcement substantiated Conor’s viral tweet instantly.
However, the question has to be asked. Why is Conor allegedly ‘retiring’ from a sport he so dearly loves? I think I have the answer.
It’s no secret in the MMA world that Dana White doesn’t pay his fighters what they’re actually worth. As a matter of fact, if you ask me, Conor and other UFC superstars should be getting a lot more money than they are now.
As UFC’s biggest star, I think Conor realized that. Some sources close to the UFC have speculated that Conor asked for a substantial amount of money for his UFC 200 rematch with Diaz, and Dana denied him.
Conor and his coach, John Cavanaugh (who seemed to confirm Conor’s retirement via Twitter), are calling Dana’s bluff.
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
If this turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see how things play out between White and UFC’s biggest moneymaker, Conor McGregor. If indeed White sticks to his guns and gives Conor the cold shoulder, UFC is without a doubt taking a big hit.
However, on the other hand, if Conor gets the money he wants, it could open up the door for other UFC superstars to start demanding a bigger paycheck.