**Update--McGregor has been pulled from UFC 200.
Just saw this from today. I haven't watched much UFC in quite a few years but I'm glad to see a guy making the smart move for long term longevity, although details are lacking on timetable. I feel like UFC has gotten increasingly brutal as there has been more and more parity in the sport. It used to be that there were such mismatches in style or talent or athleticism that a lot of fights ended quickly. I know there are still quick knockouts or submissions but a lot of these guys stand in and just go toe to toe pounding on each others faces round after round now.
The argument was always that the little gloves actually prevent injuries and no one has ever died in the octogon so it's so much safer than boxing and it's repeated blows to the head, etc. The article references that a guy died after a recent fight, I hadn't seen that anywhere before.
How the UFC doesn't come under as much or more scrutiny as the NFL is kind of silly to me. I know these are grown men and they make their own decisions but I for one would be glad to see McGregor go out while he still has all his faculties.