04-19-2016, 01:54 PM
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Lots of independent sources reporting that Conor McGregor has decided to retire. Pretty young to exit, but he's taken on and beat most of the competition (save his most recent loss to Diaz). 

What's next?

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 04-19-2016, 02:45 PM
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Didnt he just set a fight again vs. Diaz for UFC 200? UFC fighters can be so finicky man

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 04-19-2016, 05:22 PM
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I believe it is a publicity stunt.

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 04-19-2016, 05:23 PM
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(04-19-2016, 05:22 PM)Johnny Wrote: I believe it is a publicity stunt.

Either that or he got popped for illegal substance and that was his out. Would not be surprised either way, dissapointed there may not be a rematch

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 04-21-2016, 04:52 AM
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He has been pulled from UFC 200 for refusing to participate in the promotional events in Vegas.

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 04-21-2016, 05:51 AM
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A little more info I read yesterday on MMA junkie was that he was ringside at a fight recently in which a teammate of his TKO'd the other fighter who died the next day from injuries that were not elaborated on.  He did not say he is retiring now but 'early'.  I think witnessing a fight that tragically took someone's life would be a very sobering experience for anyone in combat sports and make you consider that one cannot do this forever without detrimental effects on quality of life in the future.

In any case my real suspicion is that he knew Diaz would have choked him out again and jeopardized his future purses.  His grappling is great but not world-class like Diaz and his power striking was obviously not enough to take down a bigger fighter like the featherweights he built his reputation against. The fight would have likely ended up on the ground at some point which would have been bad for him.  Getting pulled for not showing up to press in the name of training looks a lot better than pulling himself out of the fight.

All that said he would kick my @$$ handily haha so don't read further into this than 'armchair quarterbacking'.  I love the cockiness he brings personally and hope he sticks around the UFC for the near future.  They need the superstar effect at the moment.

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 04-21-2016, 09:43 AM
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Scott, I agree.  He should just stick to his original weight class and set there and dominate the class until he retires.

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 04-21-2016, 12:13 PM
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Great fighter, great personality, but his "retiring" to try and strong-arm the UFC into reducing his promotional responsibilities was weak.  Not so weak that he can't still crush me but, weak nonetheless.

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 04-21-2016, 12:38 PM
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Pay me enough and I'll go into the ring with him. don't blink or you may miss me  submitting Box

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 04-21-2016, 01:46 PM
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Aaaaaaaand McGregor un-retires! 

Looks to me like he was just throwing a fit over being pulled from UFC 200

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