In a shocking turn of events, UFC’s featherweight champion Conor McGregor announced his retirement earlier today, and at least one reporter has heard it’s not an elaborate troll-job from the outspoken brash personality that would make it a natural first assumption. McGregor is just 27 and has risen to stardom in the last two years earning a spot on the cover of EA Sports UFC 2 which released last month. He was scheduled for a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Multiple sources are adamant at this time that McGregor's tweet isn't a joke, troll job or hoax of any kind. Reason(s) behind it is unclear.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 19, 2016
It’s become somewhat of a joke, that the EA Sports UFC franchise has taken over the mantle as the most powerful curse in sports game covers, but this news will only cement that growing perception. For the sequel it was Ronda Rousey getting demolished by Holly Holm then McGregor submitting to Diaz. The first EA UFC had Jon Jones battlingÂ substance abuse, pleading guilty to hit-and-run, getting stripped of the light heavyweight title, suspended from the promotion, and removed as the face of the UFC mobile game. AlexanderÂ Gustafsson has lost both of his fights since having appeared on that original EA UFC cover.
The reasoning for McGregor’s decision at this point and whether it’ll actually stick would be all speculative, from concerns over long-term health particularly after witnessing the death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho earlier this month, to an argument over how much he should be paid, or even the potential of a move to WWE.
[Update] UFC president Dana White has stated that he has not been informed by McGregor of the intention to retire, but did announce that he has been pulled from the UFC 200 card.
The thirdÂ EA SportsÂ game to have originally releasedÂ in 2015Â has reached the Vault in EA Access. Madden NFL 16Â was added in February andÂ NHL 16 in March, and now FIFA 16 joins it and all other games from the publisher to have come outÂ earlier this generation.
EA Access is currently exclusive to Xbox One with Sony declining to offer the service on PS4. For $30 a year or $5 month-to-month, members get unlimited access to the back library of EA games on the console which in addition to FIFA, Madden, and NHLÂ includes all 2014â€™s sports titles plus other games like Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Titanfall. Thereâ€™s also the 10 hour trials with every EA game that begin five days before release and 10% savings on all digital purchases whether it be the actual games or microtransactions within them.
FIFAÂ 16 enters the Vault just a few weeks earlier than FIFA 15 did last year. Madden NFL 16 was a month earlier while NHL 16 was basically right in line with the previous year. NBA Live 16 and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour remain and are likely to be added within the next few months.
The first in-season roster update for MLB The Show 16 was primarily utilized to add in rookies who had made their Major League debut. In the second update, which went out today, more rookies have been introduced into the game.
After being left out last week, Dae-Ho Lee has made his way into the game, however for some reason placed on the Mariners’ AA team rather than the MLB squad. The highest rated new rookie is Brett Nicholas of the Rangers, while Mallex Smith and Nomar Mazara are the only two to get A Potential grades. Though sweeping ratings changes have not been made a few players have been affected this week. Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Unearthing the biggest sleeper (over)performers in MLB 16 Diamond Dynasty.
â™¦A closer look at the first batch of rookies that were added to MLB The Show 16.
â™¦NBA 2K17 special edition will celebrate the career of Kobe Bryant.
â™¦Both Legend and StandardÂ NBA 2K17 can be pre-ordered for 20% offÂ w/Amazon Prime.
â™¦EA Sports UFC 2 can still be purchased on XB1 or PS4 for $40 at Amazon.
â™¦NHL 16 is on sale for $20 as a digital download on PlayStation 4.
â™¦Help by nominatingÂ Press Row Podcast in The Podcast AwardsÂ Games & Hobbies category!
â™¦March NPD sales had EA Sports UFC 2 #5, MLB The Show 16 #6, and NBA 2K16 #8.
â™¦Details on a gameplay tuner update that has gone out for EA Sports UFC 2.
â™¦Details on the latest patch to have gone out for Rocket League.
â™¦The Kobe XI Elite 4.13 shoes have been added to NBA 2K16.
â™¦Franchise Hockey Manager 2 is currently 35% off down to $20Â available on Steam.
â™¦Details on the latest update that has gone out for Franchise Hockey Manager 2.
â™¦NBAÂ jersey ads start in 2017 andÂ could create an interesting situation in video games.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by The Revenant.
Sony San Diego had to rush out a patch for MLB The Show 16 earlier this month, and now they’ve quickly pushed through aÂ second urgent update for the game to address the critical issues it has been facing.
The new patch includes attempts to fix “Challenge Failed” errors plus other crashes and bugs. TheÂ developer is also warning not to use Perks in Road to the Show as a pitcher as it’ll cause the game to crash until they can get another patch out at a later date.Â Read more
It’s April, the NFL Draft is right around the corner, and promotion of Madden NFL 17 will be getting underway soon. Despite that a new mode is about to roll out in Madden NFL 16. A patch is coming in a few weeks that will deliver “Salary Cap Ranked Beta” to Ultimate Team.
Salary Cap Ranked Beta is not just a new game mode, itâ€™s a fundamental change that is felt throughout the entire Madden Ultimate Team experience by assigning a Cap Value to every player and redefining how to assemble a lineup. This is being referred to as a â€śBetaâ€ť because of the size of the feature and the timing of when we’re releasing it.
Salary Cap Ranked will be in addition to all the other ways to play Ultimate Team and not a replacement for any of them. Every player will be assigned a cap value that won’t necessarily be based on their Overall Ratings. Teams will be formed throughÂ assigning 34 already owned MUT players the total of which must stay under the 1,000 point cap. Â Read more
The latest patch for EA Sports UFC 2 included a number of gameplay-related improvements, but it also featuredÂ the addition of a move exclusive to just two fighters. The “Stockton Slap” is a signature of Nate and Nick Diaz and now it can be done in the video game, by pushing towards the opponent and hitting the Triangle/Y during a taunt.
Yesterday 2K Sports announced the Kobe Bryant Legend Edition of NBA 2K17, and given the way he went out in his final game they couldn’t have written a story better for promotion of the upcoming product.
It’s not just the special edition that has gone up for pre-order however. The standard edition of the game is also available, and both are 20% off for Amazon Prime members. That makes the Legend Edition $64 and the standard edition $48. While the Legend Edition will also be made available digitally, that willÂ be the full $80 and not include the physicalÂ items, so it won’t be nearly as appealing as buying a copy traditionally.
Retail listings for the gameÂ currently display a placeholder date since the official release date has not yet been announced. It isÂ expected to once again happenÂ at the end of September or beginning of October. It’s unclear whether there will be an “early tip-off” like last year in which the game went out even four days earlier to those who pre-ordered.
It’s unusual for there to be news on the upcoming NBA 2K in April, especially consideringÂ that 2K16 is still selling well and generating digital revenue, but Bryant’s retirement called for it to happen now. Even things outside their controlÂ just seem to fall into place for 2K these days.