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Will McGregor retire after UFC 229? ‘It depends what fights are available’, says coach

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Conor McGregor probably has enough money in the bank account to last a lifetime, which has led many to speculate that the Irishman’s days as a prizefighter may be numbered.

Some fans predicted that McGregor was going to retire after his mega-money boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but ‘The Notorious’ will return to the Octagon next month to take on the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov in the blockbuster UFC 229 main event.

Depending on the outcome, McGregor could sail off into the sunset a happy and retired man, but SBG Ireland striking coach Owen Roddy isn’t so sure.

Speaking to Eurobash in a recent interview, Roddy admits that he doesn’t know what the future holds for the brash Irishman.

“I don’t know…I don’t think [he will retire],” Roddy told Peter Carroll of MMA Fighting on the latest episode of Eurobash. “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 that, at this point in his career, McGregor is only interested in superfights and fights that will help cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters in the sport. A win over Nurmagomedov, who is one of the most feared fighters in the lightweight division, would possibly catapult McGregor to the top of the pound-for-pound list.

“I always say, it depends on what fights are available, I think, for Conor. 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,” Roddy said.

Although Roddy isn’t sure what McGregor’s next move will be, the longtime coach thinks his prized student will ‘probably’ move on to the next biggest fight of his career after UFC 229.

“You never know, 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.”

The pay-per-view extravaganza takes place next month, October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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