Conor McGregor announces his retirement after UFC 250. This is the third time he has called time on his illustrious yet controversial career.
Conor McGregor has taken to social media to announce his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts. The announcement that he was hanging his boots was made shortly after the conclusion of UFC 250 on his social media handle.
Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting.
Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!
Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins!
Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you!
Whatever you desire it’s yours ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Dh4ijsZacZ
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 7, 2020
There are some fans however, who feel that the announcement is insincere considering the ‘Notorious one has made two such announcements in the past only to return to the octagon once again.
Not the first time
Back in 2016, McGregor famously retired young after getting into a dispute with the UFC over travelling to do media for a UFC 200 bout with Nate Diaz.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
The second of his retirements came last year while he was in the midst of negotiations with the UFC over his next fight.
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
As we know now, he returned to the UFC and faced Donald Cerrone this year. He beat the cowboy in just 40 seconds to make an emphatic return to the sport.
Dana White reacts to Conor McGregor’s retirement
McGregor is a former 2 division champion and was recently hailed by Dana White as the biggest star in the promotion. Upon learning of the Irishman’s decision, the UFC President said:
“If Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement — you should absolutely do it. And I love Conor … there’s a handful of people that have made this really fun for me. And he’s one of them.”
If the retirement sticks, McGregor the UFC will have lost the services of their most popular star just days after Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal have asked for their release from their contract.
“If that’s what Conor is feeling right now — Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, I feel you,” White said. “It’s not like I’m going, ‘Holy s—, this is crazy, this is nuts.’ Nothing is crazy and nuts right now, because everything is crazy and nuts right now, on a certain level. I totally understand it and get it.”
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