Conor McGregor has slammed the UFC for pushing him into retirement after refusing to let him fight Justin Gaethje for the lightweight interim title.
Gaethje won the belt in his showdown with Tony Ferguson and McGregor immediately said on social media he would be the next man to challenge for the title.
Dana White, however, insisted Gaethje would take on champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in September, shooting dead the prospect of McGregor fighting the interim belt hold on ‘Fight Island’ in July.
For the third time in four years, McGregor announced on Twitter he was retiring from MMA and the two-weight champion has now explained his decision – taking aim at the UFC.
‘They should have just kept the ball rolling,’ he told ESPN about the UFC.
‘I mean, why are they pushing [Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje] back to September?
‘You know what’s going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that’s not going to happen.
‘Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power. They should have just done the fight, me and Justin for the interim title, and just kept the ball rolling.’
UFC supremo White did not appear convinced by McGregor’s latest retirement announcement when asked about the Irishman’s tweets on Saturday.
McGregor last fought in January against Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout and repeatedly insisted that fight would be the start of his comeback season which would culminate in him defeating Nurmagomedov.
The coronavirus pandemic has derailed the plans McGregor did have and the 31-year-old blasted the UFC for offering him ‘stupid fights’.
‘I had my goals, my plans, the season. I had everything laid out,’ McGregor said.
‘Obviously the world has gone bleeding bonkers at the minute. There’s fu*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 fu*k. I’m over it.’
‘There’s nothing there for me,’ McGregor continued. ‘I’m trying to get excited. I’m trying my best.
‘And when the Anderson [Silva] one came along, I was like, yeah, sh*t, that’s a mad fight. And then everyone said he’s old and over the hill.
‘I was, like, What? Fighting a former light heavyweight and the middleweight GOAT, and the actual GOAT in my eyes, that’s not a rewardable fight?
‘And you know, you’re actually right. It wouldn’t be rewarded. I would go in there and put him away and then what would happen? They’d say he’s old and he’s over the hill and he’s past his prime and all.’
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