Ever since winning the lightweight title at UFC 205, there has been constant speculation over whether or not Conor McGregor would compete inside the Octagon again.
A record-breaking night for the UFC was dwarfed by the record-setting accomplishments of the Irish superstar. The Notorious one put on a mesmerising performance to make history by becoming the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, a feat he predicted several years in advance.
Such an astonishing accomplishment would undoubtedly warrant an early retirement so it was no surprise that fans around the world were fearing the worst when Mystic Mac continuously spoke of a big announcement that would only be revealed after that magical night at Madison Square Garden.
Thankfully, McGregor did not bid farewell but here we are nearly five months later and UFC retirement talk is still as rife as ever. In more recent times, the retirement chatter revolves around the potential imminent fight with boxing icon Floyd Mayweather.
The argument here is that if the super fight with Mayweather does come to fruition then Mcgregor is set to earn a paycheck far greater than any fight the UFC can offer him. Why would McGregor take a pay cut to fight tougher opposition in a more dangerous environment? It makes sense from both a financial aspect and maintaining a legacy.
However, this week McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh cooled talks of early retirement when he spoke to the Irish Mirror,
“Like any sport there’s a sell by date. But Conor is 28, he’s a baby in the sport. I look at Bernard Hopkins who’s 50, winning world title fights so Conor isn’t going anywhere soon.”
Kavanagh then went on to speak about what lies ahead for Mystic Mac when he does eventually call it a day,
“I predict once he’s done in the sport he will disappear. People think he likes the limelight. He doesn’t. He just likes fighting and promoting fights. Who knows, maybe he’ll go to Hollywood and become the next Schwarzenegger.”
It’s been nearly a year to the day since McGregor’s infamous retirement tweet shocked the world so here’s hoping that he’s still hungry for some more cheese.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016