Roddy Unsure if Conor Retires After UFC 229
It may be right to say former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor has dabbled with retirement before, and it could be possible again after his UFC 229 lightweight title bout with longtime rival and current UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor had a one-day retirement from the sport in April 2016 after coming into conflict with the organization over press obligations in the lead-up to his rematch with Nate Diaz. Many assumed after the payday he received from the “Money Fight” boxing match with Floyd Mayweather that McGregor didn’t want, or need, to fight ever again.
But with the opportunity to settle a grudge with his archrival, earn the UFC Lightweight Title back, and potentially another big payday — UFC President Dana White feels UFC 229 could reach two million pay-per-view buys – McGregor gears up for his first bout in the Octagon since originally winning the 155-pound title at UFC 205 in November 2016.
Owen Roddy, one of McGregor’s coaches, recently appeared on the Eurobash podcast and says he’s unsure of what McGregor’s future holds after the fight and if he’ll retire or not. Roddy added it may come down to what fight options are available for him following the October pay-per-view.
“I don’t know…I don’t think [he will retire],” Roddy said. “I don’t look into the future to see what’s happening. Conor’s mentality hasn’t changed at all, so I don’t know.
“I always say, it depends on what fights are available, I think, for Conor. As I said, if there is another big super fight and Conor feels like he would enjoy it, then he’ll do it. If the fans want it and stuff like that, I think Conor will take it.”
But Roddy insisted there have no talks about the post-fight plans, and McGregor and the team want to get through the Khabib fight first.
You never know, who knows? We’re just going to focus on the task at hand now. This is potentially the biggest fight ever. We’ll go in and do that and then he’ll probably be on to the next biggest fight ever.
Original Story: MMA Fighting