For the final week, Conor McGregor’s ”retirement” has been dominating the MMA headlines. When McGregor initially made the announcement, reactions have been cut up. Many didn’t imagine the retirement to be real, however others, together with UFC President Dana White, handled the retirement as if it have been actual. Every week faraway from the announcement although and the consensus appears to be shifting to the concept that we haven’t seen the final of Conor McGregor. On Monday, White even walked again his perception the McGregor was completed and now, McGregor’s closest teammate and coaching associate has echoed these sentiments.
Talking yesterday with Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Artem Lobov addressed his pal and teammate’s sudden retirement from MMA, saying that he strongly suspects McGregor might be again within the cage earlier than too lengthy.
“I don’t really know a lot data on that however one factor I do know, I do know that Conor completely loves the battle sport,” Lobov mentioned. “He really loves it. Look, I at all times say this, 99 p.c of individuals within the UFC can be gone if they’ve made $100 million. They only wouldn’t be there anymore and he’s nonetheless there. Why? As a result of he loves the battle sport. He loves combating. So I do know he’s acquired one thing particular in retailer for us, that’s for positive.”
McGregor and Lobov got here up collectively on the mats of the Straight Blast Health club in Eire. They rapidly turned associates, with Lobov ultimately turning into McGregor’s predominant coaching associate and a staple of McGregor’s corners all by his rise to superstardom. Few males are higher geared up to evaluate the seriousness of McGregor’s retirement, and Lobov stays satisfied Conor has extra fights left in him.
“I believe [he will fight again],” Lobov mentioned. “I believe he will certainly put away a number of extra guys. I simply know him. I do know he loves this sport. He loves the battle sport and this isn’t only a job to him. That is him. He’s the battle sport.”
However whether or not not combating is in his blood, McGregor additionally has a full plate in the meanwhile. His private whiskey model, Correct 12, has been taking off globally and he’s nonetheless trying to construct his personal clothes line. Then there are the authorized points, with McGregor having lately been arrested for allegedly smashing and stealing a fan’s mobile phone and at the moment being underneath investigation for a sexual allegation in Eire.
Regardless of these different considerations, basic consensus is that McGregor’s retirement is definitely a negotiation tactic by “Infamous” in his persevering with quest to get fairness within the UFC. Dana White lately made it clear that may by no means occur although and Lobov, who was granted his launch by the UFC in January, thinks that’s ridiculous. Lobov argues that McGregor is liable for the UFC’s success in recent times and deserves his rightful share.
“The factor is, it’s a enterprise,” mentioned Lobov. “They’re combating for each proportion there as a result of when it comes all the way down to Conor’s fights, even one p.c means tens of millions and tens of millions and tens of millions. In my eyes, after all he deserves a proportion of the UFC. His final battle was two and half million and that very same yr there was a pay-per-view card with 80,000 PPVs offered. That speaks for itself. He’s the rationale why the corporate was offered for $Four billion so why shouldn’t he get a chunk of that?
“For anyone who says, ‘Then everybody will ask for that,’ no they received’t, since you inform them, ‘Present me your numbers. Present me what you herald.’ You get a chunk of the pie that you simply herald. In the event you arrive with a bag of peanuts, then you may’t anticipate to eat a steak. However if you’re killing a complete deer like Conor is then after all you deserve a pleasant, juicy piece of steak and he ought to get it.”
Lobov can’t spend to a lot time fascinated by his pal’s doable retirement although; he has his personal plans brewing. This weekend, Lobov takes on Jason Knight in the primary occasion of Naked Knuckle FC. After that, he’s acquired his eyes set on current BKFC signee, Paulie Malignaggi, a person who has had a sordid historical past with McGregor and his battle staff.
“I can not wait to bust by Jason Knight after which lastly get my palms on Paulie Malignaggi,” Lobov mentioned. “. . . I really feel he wants punishing and I’m the man to do this.”
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I’ve determined to return to skilled combating. This brief retirement reinvigorated my ardour to compete. I’m now quicker and stronger than I’ve ever been. That craving to stroll into the octagon is one thing that I simply can’t stay with out. #MMA #UFC #ROOSTER #comeback #title pic.twitter.com/T02W4fuB2B
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) April 1, 2019
In gentle to current occasions on the flyweight division and me being reduce due to it . I might be calling it quits from combating .
I wish to thank all the folks that have led me down this path
……. April fools !
I’m going to do something to achieve my objectives jokes on y’all !
— Jarred Brooks (@The_monkeygod) April 2, 2019
It is a good one. Although, he ought to really do that.
That is blood that collected in Ken Hasegawa’s lungs after a damaged rib. Amazed he’s nonetheless alive.
— 長谷川賢 (Ken Hasegawa） (@kenhasegawa0226) April 1, 2019
Goldie attempting to defend one among his most infamously horrible calls. Ouch.
Okay, let’s do this once more, I mentioned it takes alot of vitality to be a rock star, that she was saying sure to each request and that it was her third title battle in 9 months, thanks for reaching out https://t.co/tpaTS6t67f
— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) April 1, 2019
Hey, I do know that man!
Bryce Mitchell acquired his camo shorts.
Thanks @Reebok for letting me know y’all heard me and hookin me up.
Ima assist y’all add somewhat Arkansas to the design and make it appear to be I got here straight out the woods! It’s an important begin and a step in the correct course! pic.twitter.com/vO1jRzdMtD
— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) April 1, 2019
Another “fighter” turned me down. UFC High 10 is filled with p*ssies.
— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) April 2, 2019
I do know Gus is an enormous dude however that is ridiculous.
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Thanks for studying and see y’all tomorrow.
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