Well, well, well, it turns out that Dana White has confirmed what the majority of fans thought, which was Conor McGregor won’t fight again in 2020.
We noted earlier on the site that according to Ariel Helwani, the UFC isn’t keen booking McGregor in a fight this year because there’s no live gate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone didn’t go the distance at the UFC 246 event as it only lasted 40-seconds. McGregor finished him with strikes on the ground in round one. This was his last fight and he has since announced his “retirement” from the sport.
Speaking with Barstool Sports on Monday, White addressed McGregor’s current situation.
“These guys keep asking me about Conor McGregor, who is retired,” White said. “You guys keep asking me about him and he’s retired. Conor plays you guys like fiddles. You guys are like puppets on a string. He’s retired. He sends one Tweet that says , ‘I accept,’ and it’s right after Khamzat calls him out and two other guys. I’m not focused on anything with anybody who’s not fighting. Conor McGregor is retired. Do we all believe he’ll stay retired? I think most of us don’t believe that he’ll remain retired.”
Dana White Guarantees Conor McGregor Won’t Fight In 2020
McGregor vs. Manny Pacquiao fight rumors has heated up.
McGregor recently tweeted “I accept,” but it was a comment with no context that went over everyone’s head. He made things a bit more clear by writing “I accept,” again in Filipino — “Tinatanggap ko,”
“Let me put it to you this way, I owe fighters that are under contract with me three fights a year. If I don’t deliver those three fights a year, I have to pay them,” White said. “Conor McGregor is retired, whether people want to believe it or now. 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. I’ll still shoot him a text personally, but on a business level, he’s out of the mix. He’s not fighting at all. So everybody keeps asking me questions about him and I’m like, ‘Manny Pacquiao? What the f*ck are you talking about?’”
White made it perfectly that McGregor isn’t fighting in 2020, but isn’t ruling out the possibility of McGregor fighting next year.
“He is retired,” White reaffirmed (H/T to MMA Fighting). “Conor McGregor is not fighting, he is retired. I have no plan. I’m in the war room right now and we have fights laid out to November 7 and Conor McGregor is not on any of them. This year, he is retired. He doesn’t have a fight this year, and he won’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 he will not fight in 2020. Conor McGregor is retired.”