Saturday 26 May 2018

'No more games'- Conor McGregor set to break his silence following retirement tweet

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Tom Rooney

Conor McGregor has partially broken his silence since announcing an intention to retire from MMA via Twitter on Tuesday night.

The last 48 hours have seen everyone but McGregor comment on and account for the events that led to him strongly intimating that he was hanging up his gloves at the age of 27.

The UFC subsequently pulled him from his main event welterweight bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9, citing McGregor’s refusal to fulfil media obligations for the event in Las Vegas this weekend.

UFC president  Dana White also issued an apparent ultimatum to McGregor, when stating the need for him to clarify his future or be stripped of the featherweight title.

Well, it looks as though an announcement is afoot, with  McGregor publishing the following on Twitter: "Ok no more games. I am going to release a statement shortly."

His coach John Kavanagh seemed as out of the loop as everyone else, though that notion is highly doubtful.

McGregor is currently in Iceland, where he has travelled to train for his bout with Diaz at the gym of teammate Gunnar Nelson in Mjolnir.  Diaz, of course, submitted McGregor via second round rear naked choke at UFC 196 last month in one of the great upsets of recent times.

The SBG man has prepared for bouts there frequently in the past and, by all accounts, he intends to remain, and not travel stateside at the behest of his employers.

Depending on the wording of his statement and how amicable recent discussions have been with the UFC brass, it could well transpire that the Dubliner faces Diaz as intended.

UFC 200 is being heralded as the biggest and boldest showcase in company history, so to forge ahead without the sport’s most transcendent star, may hinder potential windfalls.

Though McGregor is not competing in a title fight, the interest in seeing how he will fare against the first man to beat him since joining the UFC will be massive.

Furthermore,  in the absence of Ronda Rousey and McGregor, the promotion will be without a transcendent figurehead to lure in the audiences and demographics that traditionally do not shell out between $50-55 on pay-per-view purchases.

Quite frankly, none of their contemporaries come even close to conjuring the level of hype and revenue that Rousey and McGregor have in the past 18 months.

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