Conor McGregor not retired
By Edward Carbajal
That is what the lengthy post from Conor McGregor stated in response to being pulled from UFC 200 a few days ago when he announced he would retire young. However, if he is forced to, he’ll do that but he is ready and still willing to prepare according to the statement he released on his Facebook post. There are two sides to every argument and McGregor is using social media to present his. He admits his loss, and wanting to avenge it is causing him to want to focus more on preparing for a rematch with Nate Diaz.
He cites having done “50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I'm left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation.” He did the same thing in the post-fight presser after UFC 196, when he mentioned not being “efficient with his energy” as the reason for his loss.
McGregor’s numbers don’t need to be verified for accuracy, try catching a fight of his at bar showing the pay-per-view and see if there isn’t a wait to get in. It is not often main stream media covers MMA let alone bring on the athletes that pour their blood, sweat, and tears for the entertainment of millions of fight fans. More, newer eyes have been tuning into MMA lately and it is because of the promotion of fighters like him. His statement could not be truer.
Nate Diaz has commented on the additional stress fighters go through when doing media and it has been written about here before. However, combat sports have been around for a while and with it being a sport comes the business of promoting it. Dana White used examples of Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson when making his media rounds yesterday and again how they probably would rather have been training than doing media, but it does come with the job and they still did it.
With respect to McGregor and understanding where he is coming from when he says, “I'm coming for my revenge here.” So have many others before him after a loss and they never refused to do their job because when all is said and done, you have to do the job you signed up for and all that comes with it. He closed his statement by letting fans know he is still ready to go for UFC 200 and the following:
“For the record also -
For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations -
I AM NOT RETIRED.”
Does anyone think the UFC should put him back on the card? Please comment below
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.