‘I Am Not Retired’



I am just trying to do my job and fight here.

I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote.

I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting.

There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.

50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I’m left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation. And the many distractions that led to this.

Nothing else was going through my mind.

It is time to go back and live the life that got me this life.

Sitting in a car on the way to some dump in Connecticut or somewhere, to speak to Tim and Suzie on the ‘nobody gives a fuck’ morning show did not get me this life.

Talking to some lady that deep down doesn’t give a fuck about what I’m doing, but just wants some sound bites so she can maybe get her little tight ass a nice raise, and I’m cool with that too, I’ve been giving you all raises. But I need to focus on me now.

I’m coming for my revenge here.

I flew an entire team to Portugal and to Iceland to make my adjustments in preparation and fix my errors I made with the weight and the cardio prep.

With the right adjustments and the right focus, I will finish what I started in that last fight.
I will not do this if I am back on the road handing out flyers again.

I will always play the game and play it better than anybody, but just for this one, where I am coming off a loss, I asked for some leeway where I can just train and focus. I did not shut down all media requests. I simply wanted a slight adjustment.

But it was denied.

There had been 10 million dollars allocated for the promotion of this event is what they told me. So as a gesture of good will, I went and not only saved that 10 million dollars in promotion money, I then went and tripled it for them.

And all with one tweet.

Keep that 10 mill to promote the other bums that need it. My shows are good. I must isolate myself now.

I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time. I can not dance for you this time.

It is time for the other monkeys to dance. I’ve danced us all the way here.

Nate’s little mush head looks good up on that stage these days. Stuff him in front of the camera for it.

He came in with no shit to do that last one. I’d already done press conferences, interviews and shot the ads before RDA pulled out.

Maybe I’ll hit Cabo this time and skull some shots pre-fight with no obligation. I’m doing what I need for me now.

It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way.

I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway.

I am still ready to go for UFC 200. I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions.

If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don’t know what to say.

For the record also – for USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations – I AM NOT RETIRED.

Conor McGregor, today.


Conor McGregor (Facebook)

*Tubs called it in fairness*

88 thoughts on “‘I Am Not Retired’

  1. Christopher

    UFC gets FAR too much media attention for what is a fringe “sport”. This guy is the biggest non-entity to me.

  2. 15 cents

    dana white just sees him as a big money pinata. he’s right to focus on his trainin, to beat a lad he lost to. but no need for the “ive retired” nonsesne. just open up with this statement and forget the retired one completely.

  3. Owen

    So, in short…. Conor does not want part of any more promotion for his next fight

    Well, I for one am all for that! Sick of seeing and hearing him!

  4. realPolithicks

    He doesn’t seem like the brightest bulb, but in fairness he has taken a lot of blows to the head.

    1. Donger

      I’m not a huge fan but I wouldn’t think he’s stupid. This carry on, like most of his carry on makes him far wealthier than any of his fighting colleagues

  5. Funster Fionnanánn

    He has made more money then everybody in the comments section will in their lifetimes combined.

    He is a former plumber who went from unemployment to getting punched and kicked in the head and getting paid for it.

    He has won already.

    Everything else is a bonus.

    But he should really get a proof reader, a highly paid PR team and have no access to Twitter or Facebook without it being filtered through them all first.

    1. Lordblessusandsaveus

      “He has made more money then everybody in the comments section will in their lifetimes combined. ”

      That’s how the ignorant measure success – Conspicuous Wealth.

      This thug is no different to all the mouthy useless tracksuits who spout a load of nonsense after a feed of cheap drink. It’s just that this guy is on TV so we get to hear it.

      His kind bring nothing to society.

      1. Rob_G

        Jesus – he’s not my cup of tea, and I despair at seeing him constantly in my newsfeed, but I don’t understand this vitriol – how is he a ‘thug’?

          1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            He doesn’t fight in the street. Get away with your snobbery. Standard on these posts from people who have no idea what they’re blabbing on about.

          2. The People's Hero

            There has to be something said for another mass…. Ringside seats an’ all for ya….

      2. MoyestWithExcitement

        And that useless thug has achieved more in his life than you ever will which evidently gets you very angry because he’s an uppity chav who should know his place. Picked up the dole 3 years ago and now he’s one of the biggest names on the planet.

        1. rotide

          Bono, MOL and DOB have also acheived a lot more than any commenters here, doesn’t stop the vitriol flowing

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            To be honest, the extras in Fair City have probably achieved more than most of us on here :D

        2. Lordblessusandsaveus

          “he’s an uppity chav who should know his place”

          Pretty much yes. If we allow the knuckle draggers to dictate the narrative, then the world will operate at the lowest possible level of human effort, which is nothing.

          These people are for manual labour and simple jobs in shops.

          1. MoyestWithExcitement

            I mean, I don’t see bigotry towards working class people as being any better than bigotry towards blacks or gays or Muslims but you do your thing.

          2. Steph Pinker

            If there was a post about those who want snow next Christmas, Don/Moyest would call you a racist; she can shoehorn racism into any context.

      3. Funster Fionnanánn

        Success is being able to afford a home and provide for your family. He has done that and more. Fair play to him. If you don’t want to watch him fight, don’t.

        UFC, MMA, boxing, any sport takes hard work to do. Becoming a successful professional takes more sacrifice and effort that most people can’t even imagine.

        Money isn’t everything, no. But it helps the nerves.

  6. Lordblessusandsaveus

    He’ll end his days doing private party ‘fights’ in the Red Cow for drug gangsters after spending all his money on depreciating assets and showing off because his sort don’t know what do to with money.

      1. Lordblessusandsaveus

        Yeah his sort. Eyesores on society that we all have to endure because nobody challenges them for fear of being stabbed or shot. So they go about their lives ruining the peace for everyone else.

        His sort should be locked up for the slightest breach of the peace and teach them a lesson.

        If they want to live useless lives, they should do it off the street and out of the sights of decent people.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          He’s the number one MMA athlete in the world and one of the most famous people in the world, full stop. You’re some bloke on a blog writing angry paragraphs. He’s your better, fella.

          1. Paps

            He could be the number one nose picker on the planet and it still wouldn’t make a toss of a difference. Fame is relative, some people obviously don’t rate a human cock-fighter the same as someone who actually deserves worldwide fame.

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            Those people are in a small minority and are often just trying to reconcile then fact that a former apprentice plumber who should be drinking away his misery all day with regular jaunts to the bookies next door has achieved more with his life than they have.

          3. Paps

            Depends how you define achievement, the guy gets battered or batters people toward unconsciousness as a job. I’d rate a doctor, nurse, guard, fireman above what he does.

          4. MoyestWithExcitement

            Well then no artist or athlete has achieved anything if we’re using doctors and teachers as the benchmark. Shut down the Olympics. Get rid of the oscars. Get out of here world cup.

          5. Paps

            I never said they were the benchmark, I just said I’d rate them higher than him. You know there are people who really wouldn’t care if those things disappeared. I’d rather everyone had access to clean water and food than hold the Oscars.

          6. ethereal

            in fairness he would probably rate them higher in importance than himself too, but that should not take away from what he has achieved. I personally dislike MMA and UFC but will always admire a person for working hard, he has earned every cent and well done him

  7. rotide

    Jesus lads, if you’re going to link a FIFTEEN MINUTE video of Tub’s holding forth like some kind of precocious skinny Jabba the Hutt, could you at least give an approximate time for the relavant bit? I can’t watch more than 10 seconds of him spout poop

  8. rotide

    I like McGregor. One of the best expononts of the sport not only from these shores but worldwide. Not only is he great at what he does and he’s been clever about grooming his image to make the most of his talent. Of course, having talent and the desire to make oneself a success in this country will only make people hate you – see above.

    Having said that, I can’t help but read this as spin or just another episode of the ever increasing wwe-ification of UFC (not that it was cricket to begin with).

    1. joe

      can’t help but read *this* as spin? oh my

      you’re probably one of the poor petals who thinks that Aldo fall for was legit too

    2. Yep

      Can we not say it is becoming more like BOXING. It is still a combat sport. They still fight. Promoting fights has certainly taken on some pageantry but this WWE comparison is just wrong. Factually.

      1. Gav D

        Its really not wrong at all though. The promotional packages, stories being built going into fights, monthly PPV model etc. are EXPRESSLY modeled on the WWE’s model. Both Dana and Lorenzo who own the UFC have discussed that numerous times.

        In fact in its nascent days, the UFC was nearly sold to Shane MacMahon of the WWE, to be incorporated into the overall WWE brand.

        Consider yourself dressed down.

    3. jonotti

      He’s not that great at all. Completely found out in his last fight and he’s had quite a bit of luck. How many top 5 fighters has he actually fought?

  9. Anne

    400 million. That’s ridiculous.
    Suckers paying for pay per view.. it’s all free on the internets like.

  10. Otis Blue

    I couldn’t have less interest in MMA. However McGregor plays the ‘game’ well.

    Fair play to anyone who wants to extract maximum value for their talent and has the ability to do so. There’s few of us that wouldn’t love to do the same.

    1. SPAX

      Or an extraordinary athlete who’s reached a standard that deserves respect – irrespective of what you think of him or of what he does (which, personally, I don’t like)

  11. My Meat is Murder

    Haha I particularly find amazing the fact that some idiots in the Internet hold forth about this certifiable tinker non entity while simultaneously uttering profound truths about Luas drivers, racism etc like latter day Nelson Mandelas

        1. SPAX

          So you’re amazed that some people have strong opinions about Conor McGregor while at the same time making comments about things like racism and Las drivers?

          What’s your point? There isn’t really one, is there?

          1. My Meat is Murder

            No I’m not amazed by that. You’re incredibly stupid. What I’m amazed at is how effective Mr McGregor’s team are at generating publicity about what is little more than a
            succession of events where two yappy dogs have a cockfighting party in the street. On this thread alone we have feminists, hipsters, nihilists, liberals, pseudo intellectuals and angry socialists all weighing in on this incredibly relevant topic. Truly the triumph of the stupids is here as also evinced by the relentless focus on Mr Trump.

          2. My Meat is Murder

            Another idiot who reads what they want to read and then tells you after what they think you said.

          3. LW

            Are you including yourself in that list of esteemed intellectuals that simultaneously holds an opinion on this matter?

          4. SPAX

            just saying you might want to tighten up your powers of expression

            never too late for an adult literacy course, chump

          5. Charlie

            Are the insults really necessary? You’re letting yourself down and the entire post says more about you than the points you’re attempting to make. Other than that you’re not doing too bad. Deep breaths.

  12. The People's Hero

    Right lads, it seems as if you’ve found a health seam of click bait gold…. Just when you thought Bono generates way too much indifference and was mess in’ about with the old ‘Native Advertising’ returns, this lad arrives to get things back on track… Yay!

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      Anything that uncovers the so called uneasy class system camouflage in Ireland. The man has worked hard and had success in his chosen area. Respect. I don’t care if he can’t count to 10.

  13. Burnt Cheese

    Does this mean he done with Budweiser and all the other ‘promotion’ he does?

    No? Oh.

    1. SPAX

      one ad that was probably filmed in a single day when he wasn’t in the middle of preparing for a fight

  14. AshbourneFanny

    Am I the only one that thought his statement makes a well reasoned argument to support his position that excessive promotional demands may derail his fighting career?

    I don’t watch UFC and find some of its aspects distasteful but surely any Irish person competing for World titles in any sport deserves some support rather than begrudgery and snobbery.

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