Conor McGregor has not fought in the Octagon since capturing the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
Since that fight, McGregor has taken on one of the greatest boxers of all-time in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Despite losing the bout, McGregor took home a purse estimated at over $100 million.
Many fans believed the Irishman was done with MMA after the fight with Mayweather but despite being scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov next month, the question of retirement is again a hot talking point. “The Notorious” has accrued an enormous amount of money in his relatively short career -- but is known to live extravagantly -- and he’s realistically accomplished everything he could in the UFC by becoming a dual-division champion.
McGregor’s striking coach at Straight Blast Gym (SBG), Owen Roddy, was a guest on a recent episode of Eurobash and admitted that he’s unsure if McGregor will hang up the gloves after Oct. 6.
“I don’t know…I don’t think [he will retire],” Roddy said. “I don’t look into the future to see what’s happening. Conor’s mentality hasn’t changed at all, so I don’t know.”
Roddy believes if McGregor were to continue fighting past UFC 229, it would probably depend on the type of fight, potentially a super-fight to get the fans excited.
“I always say, it depends on what fights are available, I think, for Conor,” Roddy said. “As I said, if there is another big super fight and Conor feels like he would enjoy it, then he’ll do it. If the fans want it and stuff like that, I think Conor will take it.”
Despite the rumors, Roddy stated that the talk of retirement hasn’t been discussed and if it were to be brought up it would most likely be after next month’s fight.
“You never know,” Roddy said. “Who knows? We’re just going to focus on the task at hand now. This is potentially the biggest fight ever. We’ll go in and do that and then he’ll probably be on to the next biggest fight ever.”