This past weekend was a crazy one for the world of MMA. Amanda Nunes reinforced her status as the greatest female fighter ever, Cody Garbrandt reminded everyone exactly what he’s capable of, and Jorge Masvidal went to war with the UFC over fighter pay. But coming out of UFC 250, the biggest story wasn’t any of that. It was that on Saturday night, Conor McGregor, once again retired from the sport.
McGregor’s retirement announcement was oddly timed as the former two-weight world champion is not currently in the middle of a contract negotiation with the UFC. Instead, the UFC wants McGregor to wait until the end of the year to face the winner of the yet-to-be-announced lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje. Explaining his decision, McGregor said that “the game just does not excite me.” Well, maybe Floyd Mayweather can change that.
On Sunday, McGregor posted an image of a retirement cake to his Instagram, and it didn’t take long for Mayweather to react in the comments.
“If I’m not mistaken, didn’t you tell Mike Tyson you could beat me if we fought a second time? Now you’re quitting! I thought you wanted to beat the best? Well, if you decide to come back, I will be waiting to punish you again.”
McGregor and Mayweather fought in a lucrative boxing match in 2017 dubbed “The Money Fight” that saw Mayweather win by tenth-round TKO. Since then, McGregor has consistently lobbied for a rematch, and just last month renewed his calls for another crack at Mayweather. However, McGregor isn’t the only retired fighter in this duo. Following The Money Fight, Mayweather retired from professional boxing, doing a handful of exhibition bouts but nothing serious. Still, Mayweather has never been far from rumors of a potential return, and in a previous interview with FightHype, admitted that McGregor is one of the few people who could entice him back to the ring.
“If I see an opportunity where I can entertain and have a little fun and make $600 million, why not?,” Mayweather said. “And if I was to come back, why come back and fight a fighter that only can sell out little cities? I like to face guys that got countries behind them. If I am gonna do something, it’s got to be worth it.”
A bout with McGregor would certainly be “worth it”. Their previous contest was the second-highest rated pay-per-view event in history, with Mayweather earning a reported $275 million and McGregor $125 million. With both men looking for something that is going to excite them, it’s hard to imagine anything more enticing.
Results. UFC 250 saw Amanda Nunes and Cody Garbrandt pick up big wins.
Retirement. Conor McGregor explains latest retirement talk: ‘There’s nothing there for me’.
Reaction. Justin Gaethje, pros react to third Conor McGregor retirement announcement.
$$$. Jorge Masvidal claims UFC wants him to take less money for title fight, Dana White responds.
GOAT. Amanda Nunes ecstatic at making history, could pause career for rest of 2020.
UFC. Dana White stumped on Conor McGregor’s retirement, but ‘it’s not like I’m going, holy sh*t, this is crazy’.
UFC 250 post-fight show.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 250.
Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 250, Conor’s retirement, and the sudden push for more money from fighters.
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Jorge keeps going.
I’m in a contract that I had to take to get paid. Same way I got a new contract to fight till. Then a new contract to fight Nate. They keep extending the amounts of fights to my contract to keep me locked up and when I say I only want a 4 fight contract it’s take it or leave it.— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 7, 2020
The negotiation is take it or leave it. If I lose you can cut me and not pay out the rest of the contract. If I win I’m not in a position to renegotiate the contract? My dad left a communist regime and has prepared me my whole life— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 7, 2020
Why are all the major names having issues? Conor, Jones, cejudo. We have to take it or retire. I love fighting and this is the fight of our lives— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 7, 2020
I brought down some of the best wrestlers on the planet for camp. Don’t tell me I didn’t want to fight. July 11th there was a baptism planned #theresurrection— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 7, 2020
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Thank you @amanda_leoa for the experience- it was an honor to share the octagon with you. Congratulations again on making history. ... I know I let many of you down - mostly myself. BUT as always i do leave with my head up and a smile knowing I've been given an experience so few can get. Thanks for the support everyone.
Fought a veteran with more UFC fights than I have years of being alive, and I went the distance with him. It was a tough fight, and he had a solid game plan and good defense. Now it’s time to suck it up, get back to the gym, work on the stand up move on to the next one— Chase Hooper (@chase_hooper) June 7, 2020
Welp made a mistake and paid for it, s*** sucks. Dust myself and hop back on that horse as soon as I can. #UFC250— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) June 7, 2020
I fought hard out there but didn’t get the job done. proud of my performance but def upset to not take that next step up in the rankings. One thing I know is Cody’s brother would be very proud that he went out there tonight kept it together and got it done. Congrats @CodyStamann— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) June 7, 2020
Infinite respect to Cody Stamann.
Like they said . . .
"There's no one left in the division"... I'm right here guys ♀️— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) June 7, 2020
Say whatever tf you want but just wait.. #UFC250
Jon Jones responds to Dana.
It’s not a matter of not wanting to fight, I committed my whole life to this trade. The issue is not being able to go anywhere else. @espn— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 8, 2020
Because they like the taste of boots.
Seeing a lot of people give their opinions on Ufc fighters and their pay, etc but the worst part is seeing the ignorant shit people are telling the fighters who work their ass off, put their body and brain on the line to make 6 grand after taxes/fee that they need to suck it up— Mitch Clarke (@MitchClarkeMMA) June 7, 2020
Or tell them they should have renegotiated (they can’t) or that’s what they signed up for. Why are people cheerleading the big company that doesn’t compensate the fighters appropriately? It baffles me @JonnyBones @GamebredFighter need to be paid appropriately as do all fighters— Mitch Clarke (@MitchClarkeMMA) June 7, 2020
Gray Maynard weighs in.
I did get a bonus after. But walking to the cage I was only contractually guaranteed $26k. That’s the frustrating part. Our gauranteed money is always so low. It’s like we are working on tips. I don’t think that’s right. We’re a fighters not a strippers. https://t.co/ycobrsN5O2— Gray Maynard (@GrayMaynard) June 7, 2020
Cejudo responds to Sean O’Malley.
An Olympic Gold medal, 2 division world champion in the UFC (defended both belts) and let’s not forget my first girlfriend ever @amandadallagoc That’s one hell of a career if you ask me you dirty q-tip. @sugaseanmma ❤️ #Thelegendsoflegends pic.twitter.com/INKRdhZRXc— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) June 8, 2020
All my opponents have been top tier for the past 3 years. The best welterweights out there. So I’ve struggled a bit. To have a weak ass opponent like @mickeygall for a real paycheck is a dream come true. Lol thanks @ufc— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) June 7, 2020
Jon Bones and his Dog looking for cocaine. pic.twitter.com/gJ96MkeNW8— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) June 8, 2020
Hey @karatehottiemma I heard you’re down to scrap, let’s get it on in the Apex, promise I won’t do what Aljo said he’d do to Yan— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 7, 2020
The fights keep coming!— UFC (@ufc) June 4, 2020
See you June 13th on ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/WVhiYxGiQX
Crazy weekend. You’d think the UFC might look at the surroundings and think “hmm, we should probably do something before all our big stars figure this out.” But nope. Just gonna double down on old tactics. Let’s see if it still works.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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