Conor McGregor recently made the shock announcement the he’d be retiring from MMA.
And while many (myself included) thought it was all a joke, it seems to be real this time.
Now, Dana White is responding to McGregor’s retirement, and he isn’t happy with his star saying he doesn’t have options to fight.
According to Dana, McGregor had the chance to step in to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 last April, but declined to do so.
“He wants to fight Gaethje. Gaethje just won to get the fight with Khabib,” White explained on ESPN’s First Take. “He just beat Tony Ferguson. Conor had the opportunity to slide into that spot if Khabib or Tony fell out.
“He came back and said ‘I’m not a replacement fighter, I’m not going to do it.’ He would be in that position now if he took the fight. He didn’t, Gaethje did so Gaethje gets it.”
In the past, UFC has been very gracious with letting McGregor pretty much run his own show. He has been able to get his own fights, and pay raises.
This time around, however, White says the promotion won’t bend to Conor, as they are also in a tight situation with COVID-19.
“Conor McGregor is frustrated right now because I mean look what’s going on,” White said. “Look at what we’re pulling off. We’re literally just going to Yas Island right now to pull off these fights because the hardest thing to do right now is to get people into the country from other parts of the world.
We are a true global business. We’re the only one pulling off live sports right now. If I continue to do fights in the United States, I’m going to burn out all my American talent.
“Now we got Yas Island ready to go, it’s set up. This is just a matter of Conor being frustrated I think in that he can’t get what he wants right now. It’s just not possible.”
Now, it seems, the ball is in Conor’s court.
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