Kanye West Captivates MSG With Floating Stage & Career-Spanning Setlist [Review]

first_imgLast night, hip hop superstar Kanye West continued his Fall tour with a show at Madison Square Garden, his second show at the storied venue in in the past two nights. The tour has been getting interesting reviews since it launched two weeks ago, with Kanye performing on a stage that floats above the crowd and moves over the entirety of the floor, across the arena. Needless to say, I was eager to check this out for myself. Hip hop in arenas doesn’t always work out, but Kanye has proven time and again to provide unique concert-going experiences, so I went in with high expectations. As it turned out, this added element removed the frills from the concert. With no video screens or pyro to distract from the show, most of the performance was spent focused on the artist himself, trapped on that tiny stage for two full hours. In that sense, it was a beyond impressive showcase of Kanye’s true talent as an artist and performer: the entire audience was entranced and in a state of euphoria for the whole concert. Leave it to Kanye to re-invent the live show.When I arrived at the show, the venue was packed. Every single seat in the venue was filled, and the floor was one large open space. MSG usually splits their floor up into “East” and “West” sections, so being in one large area made the floor seem huge, and packed. When Kanye finally went on, he indeed entered the concert on a floating platform with lights underneath it. He would stay on the platform the entire concert, attached to its center by a metal rope that was in place to prevent him from falling off. When the music finally started, kicking off with The Life of Pablo track “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”, the crowd went absolutely insane, and the floor simply exploded with energy. People were moshing, people were jumping, and what seemed like the entire room was singing along to every single lyric.“Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2”, and the controversial “Famous” came next, and West simply had the crowd in the palm of his hands. The stage was moving left to right and back again, and the lights were underneath the stage, and not on him, lighting up the crowd as he moved above them. Kanye was essentially silhouetted by cell phone lights in the crowd, making for a cool visual effect. As the stage moved, some fans stood still, and some ambitiously followed the stage across the floor, adding the the mosh pit affect of the show. He quickly threw in covers of “Pop Style” by Drake and “THat Part” by Schoolboy Q, songs on which he has guest verses, before performing another Pablo track with “Facts”.The crowd went absolutely nuts for the next few songs, which are heavier and have harder beats. First up, Kanye covered “I Don’t Like” by Chief Keef, before setting the crowd ablaze with his Grammy-nominated hit “All Day”. The mosh pit really picked up for this song, and the energy went up even higher when “Black Skinhead” started up next. “Niggas in Paris” sent the crowd into a frenzy when it came next. Jay-Z, who was in the building with his wife Beyoncé, unfortunately did not hop on stage to perform this song with his partner in “Watch the Throne”.Finally, Kanye started up “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, his first true older track, coming from his 2007 album Graduation. The rest of the show would lean less on Pablo material and more from his older catalog, and from that point on the mosh pit atmosphere stopped and the floor felt like a huge nightclub. It was a slick transition that really paid off, as the venue seemed to fill with positive energy as the “greatest hits” portion of the night kicked off. “Power” came next, and at this point the lights were off the crowd and Kanye was lit by a spotlight, leaving him seemingly suspended in darkness. “Blood on the Leaves” and “Freestyle 4” followed, bringing the mosh pit vibe back one more time before the mega-hits continued.When “Jesus Walks” started, the huge light rig above the stage was revealed for the first time. It was massive, and seemed to have a few different sections that moved independently from each other. Although huge, the rig was simplistic, in that was a series of rows of lights that only used a simple palate of colors. They were more atmospheric than spectacle, and added to the minimalistic feel of the show instead of being overwhelming. “Flashing Lights” showcased the lights even more, as Kanye stood on his small stage while lights moved over him from one side of the stage to the other.At times the light would shift positions, moving down to create a pattern that would essentially trap Kanye on one side of the arena for a song or two while bringing the lights closer to the crowd. Because the crowd on the floor was so lit up, it was like an inspiration for everyone to go nuts. The floor was one of the most fun concert experiences I’ve had, as a result. Simply smiles, with everyone wanting to dance as hard as possible during their time in the spotlight. Kanye spent a good amount of time getting the crowd to sing along to his lyrics, and at points would seem to be rapping to specific people in the audience.At one point, Kanye pointed out his band, which consisted of a DJ, a synth player, and a singer, and it shined a light on the production involved in re-creating his music in the live setting. Sure, there were backing tracks being played by a DJ, but also the sound was augmented by vocals and synth playing with huge effects attached to them, giving the songs a different kind of pop that can only be described as loud. the loudness extended throughout the arena, as the sound system was based in the center of the room and not on one side or the other, giving the concert a surround sound feel (with extremely heavy bass).At times, Kanye knelt down to get closer to the rabid crowd, and at one point he laid down and reached his hand down, inspiring a number of people to try to jump and touch him. One lucky fan was able to reach Kanye during “Runaway”, and the whole audience  went nuts. In that moment, it felt like that one fan was an ambassador for us all, connecting with this huge superstar for a moment. It was a cool gesture, given his artistic entrapment caused by the stage design. As “Runaway” started, Kanye boasted that this concert had sold more tickets than any other event in the history of Madison Square Garden, and, with no stage on the floor to take up space, it certainly looked and felt that way.If you have a chance to see Kanye West on this tour, and you even somewhat like his music: go. You will be completely surprised at just how captivating one man and a microphone can be.last_img read more

Fifth Quarter events promote community after Notre Dame home games

first_imgWhile many students choose to go out to celebrate after football games, some prefer to stay on campus. To accommodate those students, Saint Mary’s continues to offer Fifth Quarter events — on-campus activities intended to engage the College community after Notre Dame athletic events.The Office of Student Involvement (OSI) — including director Gloria Jenkins and staff assistant Kaitlyn Stankiewicz — plan the Fifth Quarter events.Senior resident advisor Alyssa Rogers said she helped plan and lead several Fifth Quarter events this year to ensure the events cater to students’ needs and interests. Successful activities so far have included a movie viewing, a spa activity and trivia night, since they established a comfortable atmosphere in which students can bond, she said.“I chose [to help with] Fifth Quarter because I enjoy planning events and meeting new people on campus,” Rogers said.Rogers said Fifth Quarter events were originally intended to encourage students to stay on campus after football games, but now they have become a great alternative for students who do not like to go to the games at all.“I personally think that the events are a nice alternative to the game if you aren’t interested in football or just feel like taking a weekend off,” Rogers said. “They help build community among students on our campus, are a great way to meet new people and the actual activities are really fun this year.”Stankiewicz said this year OSI also received help from Le Mans hall director Nicole Hundt since planning Fifth Quarter events is a team effort. The events encourage a variety of ways for students to celebrate a Notre Dame victory, she said.“Not everyone is interested in the party scene or going out after the Notre Dame football games,” Stankiewicz said in an email. “And even those who do like to go out come to Fifth Quarter events because they want a fun activity on campus and they want to do something different. This benefits students because it gives them a diverse offering of events in an alcohol free safe environment.”There was also a Fifth Quarter event during freshmen orientation to provide students an alternative to Domerfest, Rogers said.“We decorated little pots and planted succulents,” Rogers said. “We also did some henna tattoos. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much interested in the event because everyone went to Domerfest. But I think it would be really successful as a Fifth Quarter event for next year.”The events garnered a solid turnout so far this year, Stankiewicz said.“Our SMC trivia event had about 25 people,” Stankiewicz said.In the spring, OSI hosts similar events called Overtime after basketball games, and ideas for this spring include boxing classes, meditation and massages, Stankiewicz said. Fifth Quarter events have been a tradition at Saint Mary’s, and Stankiewicz said OSI is pleased with the positive reception the events have received this year.Tags: Fifth Quarter, Notre Dame football, Office of Student Involvement, OSIlast_img read more

Logistics Support Base Strengthens the Brazilian Army

first_img“Ammunition, weapons, and some materials that are not available in the north are acquired and delivered in Rio de Janeiro and then transported there,” he said. The Military created the Logistics Support Base in 2009 to centralize supply operations for the Brazilian Army and to ensure the Soldiers are always well-equipped. The Logistics Studies Division is deploying the most efficient methods to keep the Army well-equipped and supplied. For example, in the case of supplies sent to the northern region, for example, when the trucks arrived in Porto Velho, they were loaded onto barges to continue along to Manaus. Now, the trucks dispatch the supplies in containers which are transported by barges and then return to the base in Rio de Janeiro. “All of the Brazilian Army assets sent to Haiti are the responsibility of the base. And that’s no small thing. Most recently, we sent 36 new vehicles,” said Maj. Gen. Barcellos, who pointed out that sending so much equipment to another country in a Brazilian Navy ship, “projects power.” To achieve that goal, the Base is responsible for distributing equipment and supplies to Soldiers throughout the country. Brazil is the the fifth-largest country on the planet, covering about 8.5 million square kilometers, so keeping the Troops equipped and supplied is a major challenge. As he spoke with Diálogo, the General awaited the return of a supply convoy from Porto Velho, Rondônia, about 3,500 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro. “I’m just talking about the Base Commander’s responsibility, but we know that we’re going to have to support a significant level of Troops who will be deployed to Rio de Janeiro [due to the 2016 Olympics],” Maj. Gen. Barcellos said. The weapons and vehicles currently assigned to the Complexo da Maré Pacification Mission might be utilized. “Everything is done in coordination with the Eastern Military Command. We fit ourselves into their planning.” The Logistics Studies Division is deploying the most efficient methods to keep the Army well-equipped and supplied. For example, in the case of supplies sent to the northern region, for example, when the trucks arrived in Porto Velho, they were loaded onto barges to continue along to Manaus. Now, the trucks dispatch the supplies in containers which are transported by barges and then return to the base in Rio de Janeiro. Soldiers make the trip from Rio de Janeiro to the north region, which takes 30 to 40 days round-trip, eight times a year. Each convoy is made up of more than 10 trucks, which deliver material to the Military units located along the route. When supply Troops reach Porto Velho, they transfer the supplies from the trucks to barges, which then continue on to Manaus, Amazonas. From the rice and beans served each day to the Troops in the barracks to the rockets produced under the Army’s Strategic ASTROS 2020 Project, all of the items that supply the Ground Force pass through one of the seven Military Organizations (OMs) that make up the Brazilian Army Logistics Support Base (BaApLogEx). Depot personnel are preparing to supply Troops who will provide security for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics. “That used to require an additional 15 days for a vehicle [truck] that was loaded on the barge,” Maj. Gen. Barcellos said, adding that over the past two years, none of the convoys had been involved in an accident. “That’s the most important thing. It shows that our personnel are well-trained and that safety is of the utmost concern.” Supplies sent to support MINUSTAH “There was a week where our personnel were at the ports and airports every single day,” Maj. Gen. Barcellos said. “The base handles the logistics for everything in the supply chain. And if we don’t handle it, it’s because we don’t use it!” said Major General Ronaldo Barcellos Ferreira de Araújo, Commander of the Army Logistics Support Base in Rio Janeiro. “Our Army is divided into military regions, each with its own supply needs and its respective depots,” Maj. Gen. Barcellos said. “However, there was no organization that supported the Army as a whole.” “And from Manaus [they continue on] until the city of Barcelos, in Amazonas state,” Maj. Gen. Barcellos explained. Base was instrumental during 2014 World Cup Base was instrumental during 2014 World Cup “When we transport a range of vehicles and weapons across 5,000 kilometers with vessels from our own Navy, this sends the message: ‘OK; these guys have the capacity to complete the mission.’ ” Maj. Gen. Barcellos, who has had a wide array of assignments during his 38-year Military career, is planning for at least 90 days of intense work during the Olympics. The work of the base is interconnected and flows naturally among the seven OMs that make up the Logistics Support Base. From the rice and beans served each day to the Troops in the barracks to the rockets produced under the Army’s Strategic ASTROS 2020 Project, all of the items that supply the Ground Force pass through one of the seven Military Organizations (OMs) that make up the Brazilian Army Logistics Support Base (BaApLogEx). “Ammunition, weapons, and some materials that are not available in the north are acquired and delivered in Rio de Janeiro and then transported there,” he said. Soldiers make the trip from Rio de Janeiro to the north region, which takes 30 to 40 days round-trip, eight times a year. Each convoy is made up of more than 10 trucks, which deliver material to the Military units located along the route. When supply Troops reach Porto Velho, they transfer the supplies from the trucks to barges, which then continue on to Manaus, Amazonas. By Dialogo May 01, 2015 At the port, depot personnel quickly unloaded equipment, such as holographic sights, Mossberg 12 caliber rifles, 37mm grenade launchers, then delivered the gear to the Central Weapons Depot in Paracambi, Rio de Janeiro. From there, depot Soldiers quickly distributed the equipment to Troops in the field, sometimes by plane. “The base handles the logistics for everything in the supply chain. And if we don’t handle it, it’s because we don’t use it!” said Major General Ronaldo Barcellos Ferreira de Araújo, Commander of the Army Logistics Support Base in Rio Janeiro. “I’m just talking about the Base Commander’s responsibility, but we know that we’re going to have to support a significant level of Troops who will be deployed to Rio de Janeiro [due to the 2016 Olympics],” Maj. Gen. Barcellos said. The weapons and vehicles currently assigned to the Complexo da Maré Pacification Mission might be utilized. “Everything is done in coordination with the Eastern Military Command. We fit ourselves into their planning.” “Our Army is divided into military regions, each with its own supply needs and its respective depots,” Maj. Gen. Barcellos said. “However, there was no organization that supported the Army as a whole.” “We have to support the Troops before and after the mobilization,” he said. “We cannot suddenly remove thousands of Troops from Rio de Janeiro. You have to return the materials, the facilities … it’s a whole other operation.” At the port, depot personnel quickly unloaded equipment, such as holographic sights, Mossberg 12 caliber rifles, 37mm grenade launchers, then delivered the gear to the Central Weapons Depot in Paracambi, Rio de Janeiro. From there, depot Soldiers quickly distributed the equipment to Troops in the field, sometimes by plane. The base was put to the test during the 2014 World Cup. As greater number of Troops were deployed to provide security, the First Supply Depot in Rio de Janeiro increased its support. Depot Soldiers distributed large amounts of weapons and ammunition including some which were imported from other countries. “And from Manaus [they continue on] until the city of Barcelos, in Amazonas state,” Maj. Gen. Barcellos explained. “There was a week where our personnel were at the ports and airports every single day,” Maj. Gen. Barcellos said. The Base Command supplies Troops overseas as well as those in Brazil. The Import and Export Division sends supplies to Soldiers serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The Military created the Logistics Support Base in 2009 to centralize supply operations for the Brazilian Army and to ensure the Soldiers are always well-equipped. “That used to require an additional 15 days for a vehicle [truck] that was loaded on the barge,” Maj. Gen. Barcellos said, adding that over the past two years, none of the convoys had been involved in an accident. “That’s the most important thing. It shows that our personnel are well-trained and that safety is of the utmost concern.” The work of the base is interconnected and flows naturally among the seven OMs that make up the Logistics Support Base. “For example, all of the weapons and ammunition purchased by the Army are delivered to the Central Weapons Depot at Vila Militar in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro, and to the Central Ammunition Depot in Paracambi, which is also in Rio,” he said. “Before the equipment is distributed to the Military Regions by the Central Transport Establishment, they are tested by the Weapons Maintenance Battalion.” “All of the Brazilian Army assets sent to Haiti are the responsibility of the base. And that’s no small thing. Most recently, we sent 36 new vehicles,” said Maj. Gen. Barcellos, who pointed out that sending so much equipment to another country in a Brazilian Navy ship, “projects power.” The base was put to the test during the 2014 World Cup. As greater number of Troops were deployed to provide security, the First Supply Depot in Rio de Janeiro increased its support. Depot Soldiers distributed large amounts of weapons and ammunition including some which were imported from other countries. The Base Command supplies Troops overseas as well as those in Brazil. The Import and Export Division sends supplies to Soldiers serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). “When we transport a range of vehicles and weapons across 5,000 kilometers with vessels from our own Navy, this sends the message: ‘OK; these guys have the capacity to complete the mission.’ ” “For example, all of the weapons and ammunition purchased by the Army are delivered to the Central Weapons Depot at Vila Militar in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro, and to the Central Ammunition Depot in Paracambi, which is also in Rio,” he said. “Before the equipment is distributed to the Military Regions by the Central Transport Establishment, they are tested by the Weapons Maintenance Battalion.” Supplies sent to support MINUSTAH To achieve that goal, the Base is responsible for distributing equipment and supplies to Soldiers throughout the country. Brazil is the the fifth-largest country on the planet, covering about 8.5 million square kilometers, so keeping the Troops equipped and supplied is a major challenge. As he spoke with Diálogo, the General awaited the return of a supply convoy from Porto Velho, Rondônia, about 3,500 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro. Depot personnel are preparing to supply Troops who will provide security for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics. Maj. Gen. Barcellos, who has had a wide array of assignments during his 38-year Military career, is planning for at least 90 days of intense work during the Olympics. “We have to support the Troops before and after the mobilization,” he said. “We cannot suddenly remove thousands of Troops from Rio de Janeiro. You have to return the materials, the facilities … it’s a whole other operation.”last_img read more

Mourinho to tell Tottenham board to focus on Premier League or Europe

first_imgRead Also: FA Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea face Ndidi’s Leicester, Arsenal, others know foesMeanwhile, Mourinho’s side must overturn a 1-0 deficit in Germany if they want to progress into the Champions League quarter-finals three days later.Mourinho has previously been critical of the time between some of the club’s fixtures during a period when he has had to cope without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The result leaves Spurs with the Premier League and Champions League as methods of earning European football next season, something regarded as imperative given the quality of the club’s first-team squad.Advertisement Loading… Jose Mourinho allegedly wants Tottenham Hotspur to prioritise just one of their next two matches.On Wednesday night, the North London outfit bowed out of the FA Cup, losing to Norwich City on penalties after initially holding an advantage over the Canaries.center_img However, BBC Sport claims that Mourinho will tell the club’s board that he wants to place full focus on just one of their next two fixtures, either the Premier League meeting at Burnley or the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at RB Leipzig. Spurs currently sit five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the top flight, with Burnley able to move ahead of them should they prevail at Turf Moor. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leavelast_img read more

The pros and cons of Conor McGregor’s alleged retirement

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFighting McGregor meant the biggest payday of your career and if he’s gone, so too are those opportunities.Questions galore: Guess what everyone is going to want to ask every single fighter about between now and the day McGregor announces that he’s back?While it makes sense because it’s massive news, it must be exhausting to have people more interested in your opinion on someone else’s career moves rather than talking about whatever is going on in your own career. Bright and early Tuesday morning, Conor McGregor got the MMA world buzzing by tweeting about his future.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFor the second time in his career, the Irish superstar has declared via the social media platform that he’s walking away from the sport: 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!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019 The announcement is similar to a message he posted a little under three years ago when his rematch with Nathan Diaz — that was expected to headline UFC 200 — was pulled from the schedule amidst a power struggle between McGregor and the UFC brass: I have decided to retire young.Thanks for the cheese.Catch ya’s later.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016 This feels far more like a negotiation tactic than an actual retirement, as McGregor was in talks to return to action against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone just recently, but balked at the idea of being the co-main event. Cerrone has subsequently been booked into a main event pairing with Al Iaquinta set to take place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada this summer, leaving McGregor without a dance partner for the time being.While it is almost a stone-cold lock that the former two-weight world champion will deliver a “Guess who’s back?” tweet in the next 90 days to announce his next UFC fight, here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of Conor packing it in for real and what it would mean for all involved parties.Pros for Conor McGregorFree time: McGregor has already created additional revenue streams for himself as a brand ambassador and entrepreneur, so officially walking away from the sport would mean he no longer needs to spend hours in the gym and could therefore devote himself further to his different ventures, including his whiskey line, Proper No. 12.Retiring would also afford him more time to spend with his growing family.Leverage: Even if this is a real retirement (it won’t be), McGregor remains the biggest star in the sport and walking away would give him a ton of leverage in any negotiations with the UFC.McGregor can flex and say he’s done with the sport because he’s got tons of money in the bank and more coming in. But while Dana White can wish him well and say that he thinks McGregor should retire, there is no one in the game that generates the kind of money McGregor rakes in, so having him walk away would have a negative impact on the UFC product.Can’t lose if you don’t fight: Just as I don’t think this is a real retirement, I don’t think this is really something that is going through McGregor’s head at the moment, but it’s true nonetheless.McGregor got smothered and stopped in his last appearance and is just 2-2 in his last four fights, yet he’s still wildly popular and his return is in high demand. But how does that change if he loses again, particularly if he gets finished, as he has in each of his last two losses?If he walks away now, he can’t catch another bad loss and give everyone the opportunity to criticize his performance and question whether he’s still got it or not.Cons for Conor McGregorFree time: Maybe having all kinds of free time isn’t a good thing for McGregor, as he could spend even more time hanging out at swanky Miami hotspots and smashing cell phones at five in the morning.Or crashing Bellator MMA events. Or throwing dollies through bus windows. Or burning through the fortune that he’s amassed.Lack of pageantry: How are you going to announce your retirement on Twitter, rather than letting the MMA world give you a massive send-off?Georges St-Pierre held a press conference to declare his future plans and the rest of the week turned into a GSP lovefest, with career retrospectives, fond reminiscences and well wishes from all corners of the MMA universe.If he’s legitimately gone, this was an opportunity for McGregor be held up as the history-making figure that he is and instead, he’s opted to pile up likes and retweets.Going out on a loss: And an ugly one at that.Listen, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov is nothing to be ashamed of, but if this is indeed the end, it feels somewhat anticlimactic that the boisterous, trash-talking, history-making superstar goes out following a performance where he was dominated from start to finish.You don’t often get to go out on your own terms in combat sports and many of the greats are forced out after an ugly loss or two, but for a guy who said he was ready to return in July just a couple of weeks ago to pull the plug after getting trounced is a weak move.Pros for the UFCNow we can finally move on: If this is real and Dana White really is happy to see him walk away, the promotion can officially get out of the McGregor business and use the various lessons they’ve learned from working with the talented Irishman to promote the active fighters who could serve as his potential replacement.As much as the UFC benefits greatly from McGregor stepping into the cage, it also has to be exhausting constantly being asked about when he’s coming back, the same way it has to be tiring to be bombarded with questions about the Diaz Brothers and GSP and anyone else who fights infrequently, but has a massive following.Power play: All of this feels like a reaction to the UFC wanting to book McGregor into a co-main event slot and if he actually does walk away because things didn’t go his way, that’s a massive muscle flex for the promotion.Everyone expects the UFC to cave and book McGregor into a pay-per-view main event (as they should given his track record), but if the company holds firm, it sends a rigid “my way or the highway” message to the rest of the roster.Cons for the UFCLoss of revenue: McGregor is a cash cow and if he is retiring, he’s taking a whole lot of potential revenue with him.The reason the UFC wants to book him in the co-main event didn’t make sense to anyone, especially given Dana White’s explanation, is that McGregor has headlined three of the biggest UFC events of all-time and two of them were non-title affairs. An event with McGregor and Cerrone as the headliners and a stacked card behind them would perform like gangbusters, just like every other McGregor-helmed show in recent years, and allowing him to walk means letting a lot of money exit alongside of him.The McGregor shadow: Do you really think fight fans and media are going to let Dana White and the UFC stop talking about Conor McGregor?Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in four years and people still talk about him all the time, so if McGregor does in fact retire, White better expect even more questions about the first man to win titles in two different weight classes simultaneously than ever before.Additionally, it would just feel anticlimactic — that the UFC missed a great opportunity to get one or two more quality fights out of the guy before he truly walked away for good and it would take a good long while for people to get over it.And that’s normal people — MMA fans might not ever get over it.Pros for Other FightersEasy callout opportunities: McGregor already gets called out by just about everyone, but you would have to assume that even more fighters would start launching verbal salvos at the former lightweight and featherweight champion if he does walk away.Less likely to get caught out at a press conference: Jeremy Stephens won’t have to worry about speaking up at press events any longer, while lightweight and welterweight stars won’t have to prepare for the barrage of insults, mockery and fan boy attacks on social media that accompany being matched up with McGregor.Maybe they can get some attention now: To be fair, the UFC has been doing a better job of late when it comes to showcasing the active fighters on the roster, but if McGregor has actually retired, all the energy that was previously devoted to him (or held in reserve for when he did come back) can be directed elsewhere.Some of the promos the UFC put together around McGregor fights were amazing and while no one has the same “force of nature” presence as the 30-year-old Dubliner, imagine what kind of impact building a UFC 189-style promo around Max Holloway or Amanda Nunes or Valentina Shevchenko or anyone else could have on their careers.Cons for Other FightersNo more red panty nights: As much as McGregor introducing “Red Panty Night” into the MMA lexicon was a funny moment, the underlying facts of what he was saying were true. Update: On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reported that Irish police are investigating McGregor for an alleged sexual assault of a woman in December. The alleged victim claims that McGregor assaulted her in the Beacon Hotel in Dublin. McGregor hasn’t been charged with a crime in the case and whether this reported investigation has anything to do with the timing of his retirement announcement is unknown.Previously: If this really is the end for Conor McGregor, here’s a look at the pros and cons for “The Notorious” one, the UFC and his former colleagues who continue to compete inside the Octagon.last_img read more