There’s still a great lack of evidence about what UFC champ McGregor will do next when it comes to his combat sports career. One thing that he claims is certain, though, is that retirement is not yet in the cards.
Many who thought McGregor would hung up the gloves behind after scoring a huge payday in a loss to pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past August, it looks like you were wrong.
Notorious insists that he fights because he loves it and while the money is likable, the only concerns that would drive him away from combat sports would be somehow losing his will to compete or if health issues because too much to ignore. Lightweight champ in an interview with Sky Sports, where he echoed his criteria for how he will decide it’s time for him to retire.
“I always look at the end from a damage-taken standpoint. How much damage have I taken? How is my brain? How is my mental health? How is my physical body? How is my training? How is my preparation? How is my hunger for it?
“That is where I gauge how long I will do it and there is still a lot left in me.”
“It is not necessarily a money thing for me. I am passionate about fighting. Fighting is what I love to do. I will continue to do it as long as I am healthy and willing to put in the work that it takes to do.
“I will not be stupid, though. I will not notice things about myself and then continue to do it like many others before me.”
McGregor has spoken in the past about concerns regarding brain damage suffered from fighting and how he will never sacrifice his own health to continue competing in a combat game.
McGregor added that he knows that he is competing in a “dangerous, reckless game,” and is grateful that he has amassed cash along with all of his success. Now his reasons for fighting is not monetary gain but will continue doing it for the love of it.
Being said McGregor has a lot left in him; it’s safe to say we will see the champion back in action in 2018. And even if he doesn’t score the same lucrative payday that he did for his highly anticipated super fight with ‘Mayweather’ McGregor’s passion to compete will be enough to bring him back to the fight game.
With all the claims, do you guys think Mcgregor will ever return to octagon again?