Monday 24 July 2017

UFC fighter Josh Barnett has interesting take on Conor McGregor's 'retirement'

Josh Barnett has suggested that retiring would be the only way for McGregor to get out of his UFC contract
Josh Barnett has suggested that retiring would be the only way for McGregor to get out of his UFC contract
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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."

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.

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.

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