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Pina Colada to Whiskey Paradise, Conor McGregor Retires Again. What Does Dana Say?

By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media MMA Correspondent

Las Vegas, NV (March 26th, 2019)– On Tuesday morning, March 26, 2019, MMA star Conor McGregor tweeted, “I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”

Pina coladas at the bar have always been a popular drink, especially since its admirers can enjoy the delicious slice of pineapple on the side of the glass. Retirement may seem sweet, but unfortunately, Conor McGregor’s life in the news in recent months has been closer to sour whiskey.

In reply, UFC President Dana White alluded to the fact alcoholic spirits may either be more responsible-or the ultimate goal-behind McGregor’s statements or misstatements. According to White, “Conor has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN’ it (his career and his life). It (retirement) totally makes sense (for Conor). If I was him, I would retire too. He’s retiring from fighting, not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy, and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on. He has been so fun to watch. He has accomplished incredible things in this sport (MMA). I am so happy for him, and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.”


White sounds, beneath the surface, like he really wants Conor to come back to the UFC and MMA, if he can somehow understand the true nature of his being, and answer to the alarm bells of inner destruction, and negative emotional behavior. Dana White’s statement is statement is a read between the lines clear double entendre, as McGregor has somehow found a continuous stream of trouble outside the octagon while away from it, which has acted as a catalyst to do public relations damage to both his career and his emotional state. McGregor’s downhill slide has been consistent, and White’s remarks, which contain more depth than the ordinary pun, imply both McGregor’s behavior and the influences of alcohol, are part of a road of detrimental doom. McGregor, it can be reasoned, is better off with the discipline and rigors of his martial arts career than the side bars of woe-which have added to his fame-and unwanted notoriety.

Conor McGregor was in negotiation to fight on the UFC July PPV card, however, he was unhappy with his offer to be on the Co-Main event of that PPV unless he was compensated for it. Traditionally, the UFC puts only championship fights on the main event of the PPV cards. This could be the reason for this sudden retirement.


This is not the first time in his lifetime Conor McGregor has cried wolf. Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Conor McGregor has announced his ‘retirement’ on social media yet again. Back in trouble with the law again after stomping a man’s cellphone and then stealing it, as well as getting sued for 15 thousand dollars over the Miami Beach, Florida incident, McGregor obviously cannot put himself together well enough anymore to continue his battle scarred career both in the ring and out.

McGregor’s biggest ongoing danger, and most deadly enemy of enemies, has been himself. McGregor’s life outside the ring has been degraded into a paparazzi nightmare of fighting fans taking photos. Living his life with a ‘who cares’ attitude, McGregor has descended into a lack of self-control and back and forth voyage to courtrooms, the MMA equivalent of boxing’s Adrian Broner. McGregor’s bad boy stance and lifestyle has kept him front page news, but his lack of restraint and self-control when dealing with some others, as well as his own bad temper at times, have creating an ongoing distraction to his mixed martial arts career when has served to prevent him from concentrating on his MMA craft.

McGregor’s potential as a mixed martial arts fighter may never be fulfilled now. His final UFC record is 21-4. McGregor also announced his retirement previously in April 2016. They always come back for the money. For the moment, Conor McGregor lives on in memory not only as a mixed martial artist, but as a confused tormented soul, fighting an off again, on again war within himself. Even if he fades from public memory, McGregor will still be fighting an inner war against his own demons, and his soul may never rest unless he looks within himself to answer to her areas of internal conflict.

McGregor, at age 30, and still with many good fighting years ahead, will probably be back. With the money, fame, glamor, and glory, the big names of the octagon, like the big names of the ring, can never stay away for too long. Not against Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Oscar De La Hoya, not against Nate Diaz or Khabib Nurmagomedov, but McGregor may one day return. That day, one day, will only be when he puts his personal problems and his inner demons behind him-once and for all. If not, more troubles in the public eye could be looming on his personal and media horizon.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.