UFC fighter Josh Barnett has interesting take on Conor McGregor's 'retirement'
Conor McGregor appeared to announce his retirement with a cryptic tweet last night and has since been pulled from UFC 200 and one of his fellow fighter's has an interesting hypothesis on why the Dubliner has taken this course of action.
UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett has suggested that McGregor could be using his retirement to cut ties with the promotion.
He wrote: "Contract wise he can't just leave the UFC. The retirement clause is really the only option."
Contract wise he can't just leave the UFC. The retirement clause is really the only option. https://t.co/AcnSXBn5RE— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) April 20, 2016
If Barnett is right, the UFC will be scrambling to try and get their most marketable fighter back into line.
Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone doesn't agree with Barnett and sees this debacle as McGregor's latest media stunt.
Dear Dana,— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) April 20, 2016
I'm pretty open July 9th. Have this thing June 18th in Canada. But after that I'm Game the Fuck ON!!!
Australian middleweight Robert Whittaker is also unconvinced and expects to see the Crumlin fighter back in the Octagon soon.
"I think it's bullshit," he told the Daily Telegraph in Australia. "We'll see what comes of it but ... yeah."
Regardless of what anyone says or thinks, the only person who will be able to clarify the situation is McGregor himself and he has not commented to media or on social media since last night's tweet.