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Monday, Aug 10, 2020

Dana White Guarantees There Will be no Conor McGregor Fight in 2020

Conor McGregor

If UFC fans recall, Conor McGregor had big plans at the start of the year. After having been outdone by Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, while attempting to reclaim the lost UFC lightweight title, McGregor was all set to make a solid return in 2020. Initially, the star intended to be a part of at least three fights, and become a potential challenger for the 155-pound title by the end of this year.

The former featherweight and lightweight champion got off to an impressive start too, making a return to winning ways by scoring a quick stoppage victory over Donald Cerrone in January.

McGregor failed to build momentum from that fight, and because of frustration caused by a lack of fights thereafter, he finally announced his retirement. While a large majority of people believe his retirement plans aren’t any more real than his earlier ones, going by the statement of Dana White, the Irishman has indeed gone into retirement this time, or at least for this year. Nevertheless, that hasn’t deterred bookmakers in UFC betting circles, as well as virtual sports betting markets to offer odds on the widely-acclaimed MMA fighter.

White has cleared air on McGregor situation

Talking to the Barstool Sports some time ago, White claimed that until McGregor himself calls up the UFC President to tell him a different story, he would consider that ‘Notorious’ is retired. White clarified that despite everyone continuously asking him about the McGregor’s status, that fact doesn’t change that he is retired. White claimed that Conor plays everyone likes fiddles; like puppets on a string.

McGregor’s retirement has been a hot topic of late

The topic of McGregor’s retirement as well as its validity has been heavily discussed over the past few months, mostly because it seems untrue to everyone. Even though the Irish fighter has gone into nominal retirement, White has been vocal about the fact he would McGregor would be given a next title shot. The champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is scheduled to face Justin Gaethje on October 24th.

Furthermore, McGregor has put forth his name for potential fights time and again, including a rumoured boxing match against Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino boxing legend who is represented by the same management team as McGregor.

As far as the Pacquiao rumours are concerned, White doesn’t give them any credence and has said that if McGregor was indeed interested in boxing the Filipino star, or for that matter in any other fighting style, he would have spoken to the UFC President about it first. Since he hasn’t, it would be fair to assume McGregor is indeed in retirement, at least for 2020. In fact, White has gone on the record to guarantee that McGregor won’t be competing again, at least in 2020!

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:27 am
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