For the third time in his career, Conor McGregor has stated he is leaving the world of MMA. Perfectly timed following Amanda Nunes’ win over Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 in June, it appeared to be another headline-grabber. McGregor may be serious this time, at least according to UFC President Dana White.
Speaking on Barstool Sports’ My Mom’s Basement podcast, White stated that there are no plans for McGregor before the end of the year.
“This year, he’s retired,” White stated. “He doesn’t have a fight this year… Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020. I’m not saying he won’t fight in 2021, but I’m telling you we don’t have a fight planned for him in 2021. But I guarantee you he will not fight in 2020. Conor McGregor is retired.”
Not long ago, White stated he wouldn’t be surprised if McGregor came out of retirement. He believed he was looking into the matchups within the UFC. In an interview following his retirement, McGregor ended up stating that the sport does not excite him anymore following matchups being delayed and nothing for him.
Following a 15-month layoff, McGregor beat Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246 in January. It was part of his plan to return to prominence following a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, as well as legal issues. Recently, McGregor has teased a return to boxing. He has also teased a bout with Anderson Silva while calling out Justin Gaethje. Gaethje, the interim UFC Lightweight Champion, is scheduled to face off against Khabib later this year.
While McGregor has interested many with his “I accept” tweet, White doesn’t think we should look into it that much. Due to his other fight obligations and the lack of matchups for McGregor, White believes it is an issue that is better off left alone.
“He is not fighting right now, so when he’s not fighting, I don’t even think about him or what he’s doing or any of that stuff on a business level,” White went on to say. “I’ll shoot him a text personally. On a business level, he’s out of the mix. He’s not fighting at all.”