Conor McGregor didn’t sound ready to retire when he talked with Jimmy Fallon on last night’s Tonight Show.
Fans know that a UFC fight can be unpredictable and things can change in an instant. The same can apparently said for Conor McGregor when it comes to his future as a fighter.
McGregor took to social media to announce that he was retiring from mixed martial arts. If true, it marks the end of a wildly successful career that include two championships and a meteoric rise as one of the most popular athletes in all of sports.
I say “if true” only because McGregor was singing a somewhat different tune over a glass of his Proper No. 12 whiskey with Jimmy Fallon. Last Night On told you to keep an eye out for McGregor’s appearance on The Tonight Show. The Irishman explained to Fallon what drives him to succeed in fighting, whiskey, and fashion. When asked when his next fight would be, McGregor didn’t sound like someone contemplating retirement
This remote piece was filmed only a few days ago. So at that point, it sounds like McGregor was still in negotiations for a July fight. It’s possible that those talks broke down. As he said, McGregor doesn’t need money from fighting anymore so he is in a position of strength when it comes to negotiations.
This isn’t the first time Conor McGregor has said he’s retiring. He posted something similar back in 2016 after his loss to Nate Diaz only to return for a rematch and victory later that year. So it is possible that the McGregor we see with Jimmy Fallon is the one to believe as opposed to the one on Twitter.
It is clear from the interview with Fallon that McGregor doesn’t need the UFC. He is very dedicated to Proper No. 12 and continuing to build that brand. His boxing match with Floyd Mayweather as well as countless endorsements has made him very, very wealthy
Conor McGregor will always have fans in late night if he does indeed step away from professinal fighting. Don’t be surprised to see Jimmy Fallon join him in Dublin someday. McGregor has also become friendly with Conan O’Brien. So no matter what is next for Conor McGregor, you can be sure he’ll be back on late night before long.