After earlier reports of Conor McGregor‘s apparent retirement via a tweet that stunned the world, the UFC superstar has come out explaining that he hasn’t retired but is instead just frustrated with the UFC’s unreasonable promotional duties.
“I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote,” he said in a Facebook statement.
“I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.”
McGregor further explained his beef with the UFC by saying that he could not possibly satisfy all of the marketing duties of UFC 200 without being distracted from his training before looking down the barrel of another match loss.
“There had been 10 million dollars allocated for the promotion of this event is what they told me,” McGregor explained.
“So as a gesture of good will, I went and not only saved that 10 million dollars in promotion money, I then went and tripled it for them. And all with one tweet. Keep that 10 mill [sic] to promote the other bums that need it. My shows are good.”
The lengthy Facebook spiel ended with McGregor relinquishing all rumours regarding his future in the sport. “For the record also – for USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) and for the UFC and my contract stipulations – I AM NOT RETIRED.”
So there you have it. One of the world’s most sought after fighters is still in the game, but does the game still want him? Only time will tell what the UFC will do with McGregor since they’ve already pulled him out of the UFC 200 rematch with Nate Diaz. Then again, as they say in PR world, any publicity is good publicity.
You can read McGregor’s full Facebook post below explaining his retirement claim.