Dana White Reacts to Conor McGregor’s Retirement Announcement
By FCF Staff
After Conor McGregor announced on Saturday that he’s decided to retire, it was long before Dana White was asked for his thoughts on the development.
Shortly after UFC 250, McGregor relayed via Twitter that he’s decided to retire. As a result, when White spoke with the media after the event, he was asked to comment on McGregor’s news (quotes via ESPN).
“Nobody is pressuring anybody to fight,” White said. “And if Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement — you should absolutely do it. And I love Conor. … There’s a handful of people that have made this really fun for me. And he’s one of them.”
“If that’s what Conor is feeling right now — Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, I feel you. It’s not like I’m going, ‘Holy s—, this is crazy, this is nuts,'” White added, while referring to the recent complaints Jones and Masvidal have had about fighter compensation. “Nothing is crazy and nuts right now, because everything is crazy and nuts right now, on a certain level. I totally understand it and get it.”
In a follow up interview, McGregor reported that issues booking his next bout and a general lack of excitement for “the game”, are why he’s retiring. The star also seemed to leave the door open, however, to a return in the future.