Conor McGregor to make acting debut in Jake Gyllenhaal-led Amazon Prime ‘Road House

Is Conor McGregor retiring from MMA? UFC star teases another departure from fighting

Healing from an injury he suffered at UFC 264, Conor McGregor has left fans guessing regarding what his next move will be when. Once again, he may have cryptically announced his retirement from MMA.

In a series of posts on Twitter, McGregor teased his official absence from the octagon. McGregor said, “Mma, I’ll never forget you! Easy work.” That tweet came after McGregor secured a role in the “Road House” remake with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Is Conor McGregor retiring from MMA?
Conor McGregor was on top of the world a few years ago, winning the UFC lightweight and featherweight titles with ease. In 2016 he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. That would be his last fight for the UFC until 2019.

In 2017, he fought Floyd Mayweather in a boxing bout. With the fight making him one of the richest athletes of all time, McGregor’s time in the octagon was limited. Returning against Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor was dominated. Since returning, McGregor is 1-3.

At UFC 264, McGregor lost his second fight in a row against Dustin Poirier. He suffered a broken tibia in the process and underwent surgery to get it fixed. He is expected to return to action in 2023, but filming “Road House” may delay it. McGregor has also teased a rematch with Mayweather.

Using his new film venture, McGregor teased (right after announcing his potential retirement) that he will eventually be back in the octagon.
“I’ll be back! For the sake of humankind! I must return! Happy birthday my man, @Schwarzenegger ! Hope you and H are proud of my recovery / work and my latest move on the board. Fun times ahead, bring it.”

Conor McGregor’s retirement history
Believe it or not this is not the first time McGregor has teased his retirement from MMA.

In 2016, McGregor announced his retirement leading to a rematch with Nate Diaz. This was after he was in trouble with the UFC after no-showing a media event. That retirement would only last one day.

In March 2019, McGregor teased leaving the sport again. After losing to then-UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, his first fight since 2016, a massive brawl took place in and out of the octagon. McGregor was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his part in the wild situation. At the time, UFC President Dana White indicated McGregor’s retirement was a result of him wanting to secure an ownership stake in the UFC. This was also when McGregor was dealing with multiple legal issues.

McGregor once again stole the spotlight when he made another retirement post following UFC 250 in 2020. He had just beaten Donald Cerrone to start the year and was ready to fight back to the top of the lightweight division. McGregor wanted to wait to see how a fight with Nurmagomedov and then-interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje went. Negotiations fell flat. After private messages between McGregor and White were shared on social media, McGregor decided to use an all-too-familiar tactic.

It is unknown what McGregor’s intentions are in this latest series of tweets. An old saying is relevant now more than ever: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

Conor McGregor to make acting debut in Jake Gyllenhaal-led Amazon Prime ‘Road House’ remake
UFC superstar Conor McGregor will make his acting debut in the Jake Gyllenhaal-led Amazon Prime film “Road House,” according to a report.

McGregor, a two-time champion who garnered international fame during his time with the UFC, will join the cast of the 1989 action remake under the helm of director Doug Liman and producer Joel Silver, Deadline reported.

“Conor McGregor is very excited to expand his storied career to Hollywood and join with Jake Gyllenhaal in this reimagining of ‘Road House,’ a beloved classic,” McGregor’s spokesperson Karen Kessler told the outlet.

The spokesperson said McGregor still has a desire to fight but is “eager” to join the film.

“While fighting remains his top focus, this is the beginning of another successful venture in the McGregor empire. He is eager to get started filming,” Kessler added.

McGregor’s exact role in the film has not yet been revealed, but he will reportedly portray an original character instead of playing himself.

McGregor is no stranger to stardom as his larger-than-life personality and unassailable trash-talking quickly made him a fan favorite in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The thrice-retired fighter’s ability to promote events and brew controversy made him a disruptor of the status quo and set him apart — in addition to his proficient striking — from his competition.

McGregor last fought in 2021 and has headlined UFC events since 2015, when he won his first championship.
The “Road House” remake reimagines the 1989 flick that featured Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliot, Ben Gazzara, Jeff Healey, and Julie Michaels.
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In the original, Swayze’s character took a job as a bouncer at a bar in Missouri. In the remake, Gyllenhaal will portray an ex-UFC fighter who takes up the same job at a bar in the Florida Keys.

“I’m thrilled to put my own spin on the beloved Road House legacy. And I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role,” Liman, the director, said per the outlet.

“The original Road House has a special place in my heart and I am so excited to bring this newly imagined version to audiences around the world. Doug and I have each made some big, boisterous action movies and are ready to bring everything we have to this one,” Silver, the producer, echoed.

Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios, called the remake a “homerun” and said it appropriately pays homage to the original while appealing to “a big, fun, broad audience.”

“Road House is a homerun for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it is also a big, fun, broad audience movie,” she said, Deadline reported. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Joel, Doug, and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and for them to come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience.”

There is not yet an announced date for the film.

The cast of Amazon’s “Road House” includes Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Hannah Love Lanier, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Travis Van Winkle and Lukas Gage.

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