Dana White isn’t Amused
During Dana White’s interview following UFC 250, a journalist asked the UFC President what he thought about McGregor’s latest retirement.
White said, “I’ll remind everybody that we’re in a pandemic. The world is a crazy place right now with all these things that are going on.”
As part of his response, White appeared to dismiss McGregor’s retirement as being due to the craziness of the pandemic and the state of the world. Reading between the lines, it’s clear that White isn’t taking McGregor’s announcement seriously.
Announcement Falls Flat
McGregor is no stranger to using Twitter as a vehicle to announce his upcoming plans. In 2019, McGregor was dissatisfied with contract negotiations with the UFC and posted a similar Tweet. Back in 2016, McGregor’s “thanks for the cheese” Tweet appeared to hint at retirement as early as then.
With McGregor being just 31 and still well within his prime fighting years, it’s clear that fans are not taking him seriously. In a poll at MMAJunkie.com, 90% of fans said they didn’t believe McGregor was actually retiring.
White has already made it clear that McGregor will be the number one contender for the lightweight championship after McGregor’s conqueror Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Justin Gaethje.
With so much on the table, it wouldn’t make sense for the Irishman to retire now. Furthermore, it’s become a common tactic for UFC fighters to retire or threaten to retire when they don’t get their way during contract negotiations.
Currently, the UFC is currently dealing with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and BMF champion Jorge Masvidal. Last month, Henry Cejudo won the bantamweight championship, only to retire and vacate the belt.
However, only time will tell as to whether McGregor means it this time. Suffice it to say, few people believe this announcement is genuine.