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Retired, Not Retired: Conor McGregor Insists He’s Not Retired

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Dublin, Republic of Ireland – After turning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world upside down in two days, Irish mixed martial artist, Conor McGregor, announced Thursday morning on Facebook that he is not retired from UFC, but wants to take time from promotions to focus on what he feels is his real job, fighting.

The 27-year-old fighter post comes just two days after the UFC star tweeted that he had “decided to retire young.” Soon after the Irish MMA fighter was pulled by UFC from the scheduled rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9, saying McGregor had refused to fly to Las Vegas to participate in promotional obligations. These obligations also included stops at Stockton, California, and New York.

In his statement, McGregor said he got “lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting” and wants fewer promotional duties, so he can train and return to fight for the UFC 200.

“I am just trying to do my job and fight here,” McGregor wrote. “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. Fifty world tours, 200 press conferences, one million interviews, two 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.”

While McGregor’s status for his July rematch with Diaz remains unclear, he let everyone know that he is still preparing to fight and will be ready for the anticipated bout. He also wrote that he was willing to fly to New York for a news conference, but he then wanted to return to 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,” he wrote.

“For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations – I AM NOT RETIRED,” he concluded.

All eyes are no focused on what UFC response will be, which should be soon.

Photo credit to Florian Sadler via Flickr

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