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Thursday, 4 April 2019

McGregor 'not smart enough to retire'


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Australian UFC star Rob Whittaker has taken a shot at Conor McGregor over claims the Irish fighter plans to retire, saying the former champion "isn't smart enough to retire."

McGregor has been in the headlines for everything apart from fighting over the last few weeks, with the controversial star seemingly retiring from the fight game, accused of sexual assault according to the New York Times and engaging in a Twitter war with lightweight UFC champion Kahbib Nurmagomedov.

The war between Khabib and McGregor was sparked by the Dagestani fighter's response to his so-called retirement plans, with the undefeated Nurmagomedov comparing him to "a jealous wife".

Robert-Whittaker

Although, McGregor's tweet on Thursday afternoon did suggest he would be returning to the Octagon, Aussie star Whittaker told News Corp it was much of the same from McGregor.

https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1113605086599614465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The former two-time champion announced he was quitting back in 2016 and Whittaker said he expects him to make an appearance in the octagon sometime soon.

“I think it’s more bullshit ... again,” Whittaker said. “McGregor may not come back in the next few days, or weeks, but he’ll be back.

“Because if you’re a fighter, you get that itch to come back,” he said. “You can’t help, you want to scratch.

“And in my opinion, McGregor isn’t smart enough to say no.”

McGregor has been on the warpath this week, also rekindling his feud with boxer Paulie Malignaggi, by tweeting images that showed him flooring the former boxing champion Malignaggi in the ring.

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In 2017, the two were sparring partners as McGregor prepared for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, but Malignaggi quit after McGregor posted sparring footage online that depicted the boxer copping a beating.

“I’m sure he’s very disgruntled that he has to look through 20 still pictures, and more than half of them, he’s not landing a clean shot on me, and that’s all he has,” Malignaggi said on MMA Junkie Radio.

“When he looks through that video, he has to live with the agony of knowing there’s more highlights of me on that video than there is of him, and he has to sift through all my highlights to get to the couple of things he’s done in that sparring.”

Malignaggi was involved in a tussle with McGregor's teammate Artem Lobov earlier this week in the lead up to their bare knuckle fight this weekend. Malignaggi says regardless of whether McGregor makes a return to the octagon he'll never undo the hammering he copped from Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

“To me, the (expletive) slap I gave Lobov is nothing compared to what Conor took from Khabib (Nurmagomedov),” Malignaggi said of McGregor’s loss to the current lightweight champ.

“The guy made him tap, made him submit to him, and then he spit on him, and he did nothing about it. Yet from the safety of his telephone, he wants to tweet pictures and tweet things at Khabib.”

Australian UFC star Rob Whittaker has taken a shot at Conor McGregor over claims the Irish fighter plans to retire, saying the former champion "isn't smart enough to retire."

McGregor has been in the headlines for everything apart from fighting over the last few weeks, with the controversial star seemingly retiring from the fight game, accused of sexual assault according to the New York Times and engaging in a Twitter war with lightweight UFC champion Kahbib Nurmagomedov.

The war between Khabib and McGregor was sparked by the Dagestani fighter's response to his so-called retirement plans, with the undefeated Nurmagomedov comparing him to "a jealous wife".

Robert-Whittaker

Although, McGregor's tweet on Thursday afternoon did suggest he would be returning to the Octagon, Aussie star Whittaker told News Corp it was much of the same from McGregor.

https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1113605086599614465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The former two-time champion announced he was quitting back in 2016 and Whittaker said he expects him to make an appearance in the octagon sometime soon.

“I think it’s more bullshit ... again,” Whittaker said. “McGregor may not come back in the next few days, or weeks, but he’ll be back.

“Because if you’re a fighter, you get that itch to come back,” he said. “You can’t help, you want to scratch.

“And in my opinion, McGregor isn’t smart enough to say no.”

McGregor has been on the warpath this week, also rekindling his feud with boxer Paulie Malignaggi, by tweeting images that showed him flooring the former boxing champion Malignaggi in the ring.

https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1113259093211406336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1113259009887305730?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1113258947228708865?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

In 2017, the two were sparring partners as McGregor prepared for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, but Malignaggi quit after McGregor posted sparring footage online that depicted the boxer copping a beating.

“I’m sure he’s very disgruntled that he has to look through 20 still pictures, and more than half of them, he’s not landing a clean shot on me, and that’s all he has,” Malignaggi said on MMA Junkie Radio.

“When he looks through that video, he has to live with the agony of knowing there’s more highlights of me on that video than there is of him, and he has to sift through all my highlights to get to the couple of things he’s done in that sparring.”

Malignaggi was involved in a tussle with McGregor's teammate Artem Lobov earlier this week in the lead up to their bare knuckle fight this weekend. Malignaggi says regardless of whether McGregor makes a return to the octagon he'll never undo the hammering he copped from Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

“To me, the (expletive) slap I gave Lobov is nothing compared to what Conor took from Khabib (Nurmagomedov),” Malignaggi said of McGregor’s loss to the current lightweight champ.

“The guy made him tap, made him submit to him, and then he spit on him, and he did nothing about it. Yet from the safety of his telephone, he wants to tweet pictures and tweet things at Khabib.”

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