Conor McGregor shocked the MMA world when he announced his retirement a week ago on Twitter. However, immediately following his tweet, many fighters and fans alike thought McGregor would be back soon and his retirement wasn’t for real.
Well, according to UFC President, Dana White doesn’t believe McGregor is retired. Rather, he believes McGregor will fight again. But, to all the fans that say the UFC is nothing without McGregor, well White doesn’t agree with that.
“No,” White responded to 8 Las Vegas when asked if he thought McGregor was really retiring. “I think there’s some things that Conor wants. I think that Conor wants to get together, face-to-face, he and I. And, we probably will in the next couple of weeks and we’ll get this thing figured out.
“I mean listen, who gets respected more than Conor McGregor does? Come on. The guy’s never been disres… Definitely not by me. And he’s got a lot of money too. He’s stuck on this thing where he wants a piece of the ownership. If you look at basketball, Michael Jordan didn’t own a piece of the league. Is Conor very valuable to the sport and to the brand [of] the UFC? Of course, he is. But that’s a tough one. I think there’s other ways we can make him happy.
“UFC is gonna be here long after Conor McGregor, long after Dana White and anybody else.”
Ultimately, McGregor is currently suspended by the NSAC and can return to action on April 6. Before his retirement, McGregor was linked to a potential fight with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in July.
If he does indeed return to the Octagon it will be interesting to see who he fights next. For now, Conor McGregor remains ‘retired’ but if Dana White has any say it won’t be for long.