Conor McGregor’s motivation behind a tweet saying he would be retiring young remains unclear, but more credence is being lent to it not being a joke or troll job on his part. That includes the following from his coach John Kavanagh:
Well was fun while it lasted
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 19, 2016
The current UFC Featherweight Champion is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July, but that is suddenly not a guaranteed bout on this Tuesday afternoon.
Penick’s Analysis: It’s still hard to know what to make of all of this. If it’s a joke and Kavanagh’s playing along, ok, if it’s not, and McGregor’s legitimately walking away, then that does serious damage to the UFC’s 2016 business and the plans they’ve had for the year. If it’s just a negotiating ploy, well it might be a very well done one, because they should be desperate to have him in the cage at least at UFC 200, if not at UFC 205 in New York as well. Whatever any of this motivation is today, it’s clear McGregor commands a ton of attention and power at this point despite his loss to Diaz last month.
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