For a guy that isn’t—scratch that—wasn’t scheduled to fight until July, Conor McGregor has sure been in the news a lot this week.
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by that fact. After all, he did retire on Tuesday via Twitter.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
McGregor was silent while that was going on.
On Thursday, he broke that silence, releasing a very long statement on his Facebook page and detailing his side of the story.
One thing he made very clear in his statement is that he is not retired.
Prior to McGregor’s statement, the UFC was looking for a replacement to face Nate Diaz, McGregor’s scheduled opponent for the main event of UFC 200. The promotion has not said what is going to happen with that fight, but it’s clear that McGregor wants to avenge his loss to Diaz and he wants to do so at UFC 200.
Things are getting very interesting around McGregor and the UFC these days. Now, with McGregor putting so much out on the table and speaking openly about why he didn’t want to do his media obligations and disclosing how much money he has made for the UFC over his last few fights, things are going to get a lot more interesting.
The ball is now in the UFC’s court, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they respond to McGregor.