Recently Dana White reported that he’s pretty certain Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon after he boxes Floyd Mayweather, and even this year. But now the UFC President’s acknowledged that McGregor could walk away from fighting altogether, after the August 26th, all-star fight.
Since it was announced that McGregor will face Mayweather later next month, there has been some speculation as to whether the UFC’s lightweight champ might retire. After all, he’s going to make a ridiculous amount of money on August 26th, and that’s in addition to the millions McGregor has made to date. So, when you consider McGregor doesn’t need to fight, and that he has a newborn son, some have wondered if the the superstar might just hang up the gloves.
Well, McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh has said he believes the fighter will return to the cage, and White has also shared that sentiment. But, while talking to reporters recently at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, White had this to say about the subject (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I had a bunch of guys who worked for us in the UFC and made a bunch of money and they’re gone now. You know? You just don’t know, if he’s going to come in and make this kind of money, he might never fight again,” White said.
“That’s part of the deal, you know?” White added. “This kid has done a lot for the sport, a lot for the company and this is the fight that he wanted, so we’re going to give it to him. And if this is the end of his career, then it is what it is.”
Now, McGregor could certainly decide to retire for the reasons outlined above. But, it would be pretty, pretty surprising if he did. At the end of the day, McGregor’s only 28, and he has talked about adding to his legacy, and pursuing other titles in the last year.
So, McGregor might not return to the Octagon this year, and he may have more than a few things to say about his next MMA fight, but odds are he’ll fight after August 26th.