UFC 200: McGregor back like he never left
Reflecting a possible major concern to UFC, Conor McGregor’s
viewpoint on his power and influence to the sport repeals UFC President Dana
White’s decision to pull the feather weight champion from UFC 200.
Early this morning, McGregor had announced his arrival back
to UFC 200 via twitter, one of many athletes who broadcast from there social
media news feed. While fans, including myself
believe that his “early retirement” just weeks ago, left us questioning on the validity
of his statement, and intentions of actually leaving the game.
White had pulled the Irish mixed martial artist from a
scheduled rematch with Nate Diaz nearly a week ago, shortly after McGregor tweeted
out that he was planning to retire. While the timing of his announcement to
retire and the suspension from UFC 200 coincided, White mentioned the
suspension was due to missing promotional obligations in Las Vegas.
After recent support from UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald
via his twitter feed Saturday, in regards to the UFC’s decision on McGregor, White
and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta had realized that the sport had needed McGregor.
After hearing analysis from Brett Okamoto, and other ESPN
Staff Writers, I had grown even more suspicious of the fighter’s sudden leave because
he is one of the sports’ modern day icons, and the fighter has so much to fight
for, according to Okamoto. With so much
left awaiting for the young fighter, including endorsements, contracts, and of
course millions, is enough motivation to remain in the blood-shed sport.
Jeff Martin, a friend, and MMA fighter had introduced me to the
UFC star years ago, and told me early on that McGregor was going to be the face of UFC. I had become a fan
early on, whether it was his ‘mystic’ abilities, his 13 second Jose Aldo KO, or
his lively image, I had become interested more in the sport.
The UFC’s quick resolution with McGregor will help the sport
greatly as the icon is back in the UFC 200.