Conor McGregor shocked the combat sports world after announcing his retirement from MMA over the weekend.
Most chalked it up to another one of “Notorious’s” jokes, as he’s done this twice before. This time, however, it seems McGregor is not joking.
“The game just does not excite me, and that’s that,” McGregor told ESPN.
“All this waiting around. There’s nothing happening. I’m going through opponent options, and there’s nothing really there at the minute. There’s nothing that’s exciting me. They should have just kept the ball rolling.”
According to Conor, UFC pushing Khabib vs Ferguson back until alter in the year simply didn’t sit right with him.
“I mean, why are they pushing Khabib vs. Gaethje back to September? You know what’s going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that’s not going to happen.”
When Conor came back in January, he had a plan in place for 2020.
That first step was knocking out Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. Unfortunately, things aren’t panning out how he would have hoped.
“I laid out a plan and a method that was the right move, the right methods to go with. And they always want to balk at that and not make it happen or just drag it on. Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power.”
Conor’s retirement comes on the heels of a rather bizarre couple of weeks for the promotion.
Last month, Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo retired allegedly because he didn’t get the raise he wanted.
Jon Jones recently announced he’d be vacating his title after UFC didn’t give him a raise to fight Francis Ngannou.
And “BMF” champ, Jorge Masvidal, asked UFC to release him if they didn’t want to give him more money, either.
While McGregor doesn’t ask or need more money from UFC, he just want better options for opponents.
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