Hours after he announced his third retirement in June, Conor McGregor bared a little more details behind his reason. Without giving any specific details at the time, “The Notorious” claimed that the UFC wanted to “show some kind of power” over him by offering “stupid” fights.
I had my goals, my plans, the season. I had everything laid out. Obviously the world has gone bleeding bonkers at the minute. There’s f—k all happening at the minute. They want to throw me up and down weights and offer me stupid fights. I don’t really give a f—k. I’m over it.
McGregor finally shed some light on his claims in a recent tweet he posted, featuring a series of screenshots of his conversations with UFC president Dana White. It involved a supposed fight against Diego Sanchez, which the TUF 1 alum coincidentally asked for as his retirement fight.
To Diego Sanchez...— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
I seen your recent comments about your final bout and I am in!
After you fought Pereira, I had requested for myself and you to compete in Dublin. This was back in February when I was working on opposition for my season, pre covid.
Good luck this weekend! pic.twitter.com/Y0hf6Zr7XF
3 weeks post my last record breaking event, I was campaigning for another blockbuster McGregor event to take place.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
Sad about my season I must say
Here’s the finish of that exchange. Pre covid. Pre retirement.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
Never turned down offer of Tony as was suggested at the time. I stated months in advance (early February) that I was not interested in being an alternate for two consistent pullouts.
Pushed for my own scheduled bouts pic.twitter.com/jXQD2dTWrL
I was pushing hard for the season.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout. All to take place back to back.
Then when covid hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I was waiting long enough at that stage.
What a time to be a fan of this sport.