UFC's Ben Askren Says Conor McGregor's Retirement Announcement is Bogus

Conor McGregor Retirement is Bogus … Says Ben Askren

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UFC star Ben Askren thinks Conor McGregor‘s most recent retirement announcement is a bunch of BS … telling TMZ Sports it’s either a publicity stunt or a negotiating tactic.

The Notorious appeared to call it quits in a late-night tweet on Monday … saying “I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today.”

Some people like Dana White truly believe we’ve seen the end of Conor … but Askren?? Not so much.

“I think there’s no way I’m buying it,” Askren says. “This isn’t first time he’s tweeted out something like this.” It’s true … Conor “retired” back in 2016 too.

Askren points out the timing — right after the negotiations with Donald Cerrone falling apart … and says it’s essentially a big game of chicken between Dana and Conor to see who will cave first.

“If you look at Dana White’s response that is a negotiating tactic back. He’s saying, ‘okay, bye, see ya later, have a great career’. So, it was kinda a negotiating tactic back saying, ‘okay, fine have a great retirement.'”

So, if neither side comes to an agreement, have

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