MMA fans have been speculating for a week now over UFC president Dana White’s ‘bombshell’ that Conor McGregor was set to make a ‘left field’ announcement following his lightweight title fight with Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
Online chatter had roundly predicted just such a scenario, along with suggestions that he is headed for Hollywood, where he is set to pop a marriage proposal, some saying to Ms. Devlin, others saying to Dana White.
Now with the future a little clearer for fans, their reaction to the news has been mostly supportive, if somewhat underwhelmed.
I'm happy for him. He deserves it. I'll miss him tho. ?
— Lisa Cohen (@lovemy1kid) October 6, 2016
If thats tru McG is a stud and deserves the time off to focus on family and a baby. The game won't be the same until he comes back!
— Joe Knows Corvettes (@JoeKnowsVettes) October 6, 2016
Personally I'd applaud him for walking away. He's had amazing success already, & isn't the goal to retire young, healthy and rich?
— Don’t Touch Your Face Killian (@rzrtungKillian) October 6, 2016
Some took a more cynical approach to the news.
Whoever this source is, he's clearly a blabbermouth. Meanwhile, @arielhelwani said the news wouldn't affect his fighting so WTF?
— Shyra Gustafsson (@MMAfangirl) October 7, 2016
it's funny because other fighters could do that without announcing . Cause Conor fights so often this wouldn't go unnoticed
— Arran (@ArranAFCSTL) October 7, 2016
@baltim0re28 That's the big news???? Yawn….
— Pamela Yvette®⛦ (@pamdoraboxx) October 7, 2016
Others were quick to question the status of McGregor as featherweight and potentially, lightweight champion, should he step away for a year.
Then it sounds like he will vacate both belts, saving Aldo from retiring, and letting Khabib get his shot in an eliminator?
— Earnest T. Bass (@Earnest_TBass) October 6, 2016
Conor will retire, belt will be on hold for 18 years, baby Conor will inherit both belts and continue the McGregor Dynasty
— Jean Pierre (@jptran14) October 7, 2016
As ever, Conor McGregor divides opinion. If he is indeed set to step back from the octagon to focus on imminent parenthood then that is his decision. Truth be told he owes the UFC nothing.
Since his arrival in the promotion he has been a money making machine. His ability to charm mainstream media has brought untold riches and has opened up the world of MMA to a whole new audience.
In the octagon, he has delivered on his word. He has conquered just as he promised he would.
Who could begrudge him to some off to enjoy the fruits of his labour?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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