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For the third time since 2016, former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight champion Conor McGregor has announced his retirement in a long and heartfelt post on Twitter following Saturday night’s UFC 250 pay-per-view event.
This isn’t the first time McGregor has done this. He did it back in 2016 on the same day after being pulled from the UFC 200 where he was supposed to be headlining in a rematch with Nate Diaz.
He also did this in 2019 the day before a sexual assault story came out about him in the New York Times.
As many people in the world of mixed martial arts know, this is most likely not going to last long but it is dangerous water that the UFC and president Dana White have been tredding recently. Some of the organization’s highest-profile fighters have gone to social media to voice their frustrations about the UFC not paying them enough for their next fight.
UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Jon Jones talked about how he would not be paid enough for a potential superfight with heavyweight Francis Ngannou, and put out a tweet saying that he was vacating his championship.
Middleweight and holder of the “BMF” title Jorge Masvidal lashed out at the UFC and ESPN.
It’s no secret that even the most popular fighters in the UFC aren’t getting paid anywhere close to the headliners of boxing, but White hold firm that anybody can leave if they don’t want to fight for him. “Anybody that doesn’t want to roll with me, get the f*ck off the bus.” said White at the UFC 250 post-fight press conference.
Former UFC Bantamweight and Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo announced his retirement last month, and welterweight Nate Diaz was one of the first to be vocal and public about his lack of pay.
While it doesn’t seem likely that any of these men will be permanently gone, the money situation is coming to a head for the UFC and it needs to be solved sooner rather than later.