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UFC's Biggest Problem is The Lack of Long Term Stars

Conor McGregor has made it known on Twitter that he will be leaving mixed martial arts:

Hey guys quick announcement, 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!

Several people are skeptical of the announcement and find it hard to believe. Colin Cowherd thinks that if there's any truth to this, this demonstrates a much bigger issue with the business of MMA and the UFC going forward. They continue to lose juggernaut after juggernaut. Usually, the natural thing that ends these careers is health or old age but many fighters lately have chosen to walk early to pursue other interests, or they just flame out too soon. Colin mentions fighters like Ronda Rousey who left in a brutal fashion taking knockouts in both of her last bouts. Brock Lesnar who tends to flirt with returns but ultimately accepts the easy money gig with WWE and on top of it, he dealt with issues of failing drug tests. Holly Holm was the first to dethrone Rousey, but then in the following fight, she gets taken to the cleaners by Miesha Tate then Holm never really recovers from that. Finally, you have Conor who had to be the last big candle shining a light for the casual fan but with his retirement, what does that do for the business of MMA going forward. People should get behind Daniel Cormier, but everybody knows that the true champ is Jon Jones, but Jones can't seem to stay clean against Cormier.

Here's Colin Cowherd's reaction to McGregor possibly walking away from MMA.

UFC's Biggest Problem is The Lack of Long Term Stars