UFC President Dana White has outlined that he doesn’t believe Conor McGregor’s retirement is legitimate despite the former two-weight world champion’s announcement on social media last week.
McGregor, who has not fought since being defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title in October, released a statement on Twitter outlining that he would be retiring from “the sport formally known as Mixed Martial Art”
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
His announcement was, of course, met with scepticism by many as The Notorious One had previously done a U-turn on an earlier retirement in 2016.
One man who doesn’t believe McGregor has genuinely called time on his career inside the octagon is Dana White. Speaking to Las Vegas’ Channel 8 station, White outlined that he and McGregor would “get this thing figured out” over the next few weeks.
“No,” White said when quizzed on the topic, “I think that there are some things that Conor wants and I think that Conor wants to get together face to face, he and I, and we probably will in the next couple of weeks and we’ll get this thing figured out.”
White also explained that McGregor’s announcement may have had something to do with his desire for shares in the company, something that the president is clearly hesitant on giving to the 30-year old.
“Listen, who gets respected more than Conor McGregor does? Come on,” White said. “The guy’s never been disrespected, definitely not by me. And he’s got a lot of money too.
“But he’s stuck on this thing where he wants a piece of the ownership and that’s just — if you look at basketball, Michael Jordan didn’t own a piece of the league, and the list goes on and on. Is Conor very valuable to the sport and to the brand, the UFC? Of course he is. That’s a tough one, but I think there’s other ways that we can make him happy.”