Conor McGregor stunned the sporting world on Monday night time when he introduced his retirement from blended martial arts with a social media submit on Twitter.
”Hey guys fast announcement,” McGregor wrote. “I’ve determined to retire from the game formally referred to as ‘Combined Martial Artwork’ right now. I want all my previous colleagues properly going ahead in competitors. I now be part of my former companions on this enterprise, already in retirement. Correct Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
And whereas it’s nonetheless not clear whether or not that is an precise retirement or only a negotiating tactic just like his 2016 Twitter ‘retirement,’ UFC president Dana White is taking the Irish famous person at his phrase and doing media discussing the problem like Conor is basically accomplished.
Throughout an interview with TMZ Sports activities (recorded earlier than explosive allegations of sexual assault towards McGregor had been revealed in a New York Occasions article), the query of UFC possession shares got here up. McGregor has talked about he needs fairness within the firm way back to November 2016 after he grew to become double champ at Madison Sq. Backyard. He reiterated that need in a latest public Q&A and White confirmed McGregor had requested for a bit of the UFC over textual content messages.
”He wrote ‘I really feel like I ought to personal a bit of the corporate.’” White revealed. “And I stated ‘Conor, you realize that’s by no means going to occur.’ However this was a few weeks in the past.”
“However Conor has by no means come out, sat down with me and stated ‘I need a piece of the corporate and right here’s why.’ We’ve by no means had that dialog. We did it in textual content two weeks in the past. Like I’ve stated, I’ve by no means had a nasty dialog with Conor McGregor in the complete time he’s been with this firm. I really like the man. He’s acquired loads of cash. If he needs to retire that’s his resolution, and I all the time say while you begin speaking about retirement, it’s most likely one thing it is best to do if that’s what you’re considering.”
When pushed by TMZ as as to if a correct sit down dialog may lead to UFC possession, White stated the one method to get in was to purchase in.
”Pay attention, if you wish to personal a bit of the corporate, it’s important to put up the cash to purchase a bit of the corporate,” White stated with amusing. “That’s the way it works. These are all elements of negotiations. In the event you wished to purchase into the UFC proper now, the valuation is fairly large.”
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