UFC 205, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 12, 2016, is the "biggest, baddest" pay-per-view (PPV) that the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league has ever assembled. Leading the charge is one of UFC's biggest superstars (not the biggest, though) Conor McGregor, who will get an opportunity to make history as the first-ever dual division champion when he takes on Lightweight kingpin, Eddie Alvarez, in the main event of the evening.
As if UFC 205 was not already must-see MMA TV, McGregor recently teased a "big" announcement after the 155-pound showdown. Of course, speculation has since swirled with everything from him becoming a father, wanting extended time away from the sport to getting knocked out by Floyd Mayweather in an "ill-advised" boxing match. Early retirement, too, has also been floated as a possibility, but his Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach, Dillon Danis, recently poured some lukewarm water on those rumors.
"That’s personal," Danis told Submission Radio. "But, I feel he’ll keep fighting, in my opinion. He’s going to go down as the best fighter probably in history. So he could do whatever he wants, really. But yeah, I see him fighting. I mean, he already said that he really wants to do the trilogy with Nate. He said that on record, so he probably does have that fight and stuff. But, who knows. Maybe he wants to fight Mayweather, stuff like that. There’s a lot of options for him. That’s the good thing about him, you know, he has so many options."
Retirement is certainly not outside the realm of possibility -- he has already done it once before. But, reading the tea leaves through various statements from White that it's "completely out of left field" and that "Notorious" has "some personal stuff going on right now" it would appear that the Irishman will take some type of MMA detour after UFC 205. For what -- and for how long -- will likely remain a mystery until the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2016.
The good news, at least for White and UFC, is that regardless of the announcement, there is a "Rowdy" solution waiting in the wings to fill his starpower void.