Dana White has given his reaction to the alleged retirement of Conor McGregor following his claim.
The former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion took to social media following UFC 250 to announce his retirement. You can check it out here:
By looking at the reactions by fight fans, many don’t believe that this will be the final retirement for McGregor due to him “retiring” twice already in his MMA career only to get attention for it. He did so in 2016 and 2019.
White On Conor McGregor’s Claim
The UFC president shared his thoughts while speaking with the media at the post-fight presser.
“If these guys want to sit out and retire right now, or anybody feels uncomfortable in any way, shape or form, with what’s going on, you don’t have to fight. It is all good. So if that’s what Conor McGregor is feeling right now, Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, I feel ya. It’s not like I’m going, ‘Holy sh*t, this is crazy, this is nuts.’ Nothing is crazy and nuts right now, because everything is crazy and nuts right now. So on a certain level, I totally understand it and get it.”
“He’s been wanting to fight,” White said (MMA Fighting). “He’s frustrated because he wants to fight. I’m sure that’s a piece of it. … Who do you fight, and where do you fight Conor McGregor right now. ‘Fight Island’ isn’t even up and running until July. So if you look at all the problems to run a business like this, multiply it by a f*cking million, and that’s where we are right now, and there’s a lot of other sh*t that goes on behind the scenes right now. It’s a wacky time to be the first guy to be putting on live sports when a lot of people, who are nutty as hell, didn’t want you to.”
If McGregor has changed his mind about competition, then obviously McGregor will be welcomed back.
“[McGregor’s] Proper 12 whisky has sold an obscene amount of liquor,” White said. “I don’t know what his financial situation is with that thing, but I would assume he owns a good piece of it. Conor McGregor’s not going to need any money any time soon. He loves to fight, and he’s passionate about it. He’s got an incredible fighter IQ. But whatever his reason is, you know my feelings on retirement. When you say you want to retire, don’t worry about it. Do your thing, and it’s all good.”