Joe Rogan has led a livid backlash in opposition to Conor McGregor after the UFC star announced his retirement for the third time on Sunday.
McGregor abruptly made his newest doubtful declaration Sunday morning on his Twitter account, the place the previous two-division UFC champion additionally introduced his retirement in 2016 and 2019.
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“Hey guys I’ve determined to retire from combating,” McGregor wrote in a caption beneath a photograph of him and his mom.
“Thanks all for the superb reminiscences! What a experience it has been!”
Nevertheless followers and commentators are greater than a little bit sceptical after McGregor’s two earlier retirement bulletins by no means got here to fruition.
UFC commentator Rogan slammed McGregor for the timing of his newest announcement, believing he took the spotlight off UFC 250 in Las Vegas.
“I don’t purchase it for a second. I feel he’s attempting to get you to speak about him and also you simply did,” Rogan stated in the course of the broadcast.
“What higher method to get individuals to speak about him when there’s a spectacular battle crammed with individuals dominating.
“What he did was hijack the state of affairs and say he’s retiring. I’m not shopping for it.”
Tousled of Conor McGregor to announce retirement proper after #UFC250
Now everybody’s going to be speaking about Conor McGregor as a substitute of Amanda Nunes & Cody Garbrandt.
So F’d as much as steal their thunder!
— sameera khan (@SameeraKhan) June 7, 2020
UFC world reacts to Conor’s newest retirement
UFC boss Dana White was keen to take McGregor’s retirement announcement at face worth – no less than publicly – when he discovered about it at his information convention following UFC 250.
“That’s Conor. You understand how Conor works. That’s how he does issues,” he stated.
“If Conor McGregor feels he needs to retire, you recognize my emotions about retirement.
“You need to completely do it. And I really like Conor. … There is a handful of folks that have made this actually enjoyable for me, and he is one in every of them.
Given the present state of the world – with the COVID-19 pandemic nonetheless raging and big protests and riots happening in cities throughout the nation after George Floyd’s dying in Minnesota late final month – White stated he understands why McGregor would possibly need to name it, too.
“If these guys need to sit out and retire proper now or anyone feels uncomfortable in any manner, form or type with what’s occurring, you don’t should battle. It’s all good,” White stated.
“So if that’s what Conor’s feeling proper now … I really feel ya.
“It’s not like I’m going, ‘Holy s–t, that is loopy. That is nuts.’ Nothing is loopy and nuts proper now as a result of all the things is loopy and nuts proper now. So, on a sure stage, I completely perceive it and get it.”
The 31-year-old Irish celebrity revitalised his fight sports activities profession in January with a powerful first-round stoppage of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246.
McGregor (22-4) hadn’t received a battle in a blended martial arts cage or a boxing ring since 2016, however he remained the UFC’s brightest star and largest monetary draw.
White has already stated McGregor is subsequent in line for a title shot on the winner of light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s bout with Justin Gaethje this summer time.
The UFC’s schedule is in upheaval as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however McGregor was anticipated to get his title shot later this yr, and he just lately had been speaking to White about taking one other battle even earlier.
Earlier this week, McGregor posted pictures and movies of himself coaching for fights.
Gaethje was amongst hoards of fighters and followers to mock McGregor over his newest retirement.
“Fortunately the entire aged are nonetheless hiding of their houses. This man is on one other bender,” Gaethje tweeted.
Conor McGregor has ‘retired’ extra instances than Jordan and Favre mixed.
— Laurie Horesh (@LaurieHoresh) June 7, 2020
The general public to Conor McGregor (judging by my TL):
“Conor, thanks for a superb profession, we’re gonna miss you…. see you in January.”
— Steve Kim (@StevESPNKim) June 7, 2020
Along with his announcement tonight, Conor McGregor (3) has handed Michael Jordan (2) and Deion Sanders (2) and moved even with Gordie Howe (3) on the profession record of GOAT retirements #stats
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) June 7, 2020
Conor McGregor’s historical past of retirements
McGregor made his first Twitter retirement announcement in April 2016 throughout a spat with the UFC over promotion of his rematch with Nate Diaz.
McGregor famously wrote: “I’ve determined to retire younger. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”
McGregor and Diaz fought in August 2016.
Three years later, McGregor retired once more in March 2019 in what White believed was a gambit to entice the UFC to supply him an possession stake within the firm.
McGregor started speaking about new fights shortly afterward, and he finally returned to face Cerrone in early 2020.
The loquacious McGregor has lengthy confirmed that his pronouncements cannot be taken as gospel fact.
Earlier this yr, McGregor “accepted” future fights in opposition to former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and long-retired boxing celebrity Oscar De La Hoya with little motive to assume they are going to ever occur.
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