Conor McGregor has actually revealed his retirement for the 3rd time in four years.
McGregor abruptly made his latest dubious declaration Sunday early morning on his Twitter account, where the former two-division UFC champ likewise announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019.
” Hey men I have actually decided to retire from fighting,” McGregor composed in a caption below a picture of him and his mother. “Thank you all for the remarkable memories! What a ride it’s been!”
The 31- year-old Irish super star revitalized his fight sports career in January with a remarkable first-round stoppage of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC246 McGregor (22 -4) hadn’t won a battle in a blended martial arts cage or a boxing ring considering that 2016, but he stayed the UFC’s brightest star and biggest financial draw.
UFC President Dana White has already said McGregor is next in line for a title chance at the winner of lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s bout with Justin Gaethje this summertime.
The UFC’s schedule is in upheaval due to the coronavirus pandemic, but McGregor was expected to get his title shot later on this year, and he recently had been talking with White about taking another fight even previously. Earlier today, McGregor published pictures and videos of himself training for fights.
White was still ready to take McGregor’s retirement announcement at face worth– a minimum of openly– when he found out about it at his news conference following UFC 250 in Las Vegas.
” If Conor McGregor feels he wishes to retire, you understand my feelings about retirement,” White stated. “You must absolutely do it. And I like Conor. … There’s a handful of individuals that have made this truly fun for me, and he’s one of them.”
Retirements are a time-honored gadget for collecting attention and increased bargaining power in combat sports. From Muhammad Ali and Floyd Mayweather to Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, countless champs of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts have actually gone back on their solemn statements whenever requirement or ego brought them back to the sport.
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McGregor made his very first Twitter retirement statement in April 2016 throughout a spat with the UFC over promotion of his rematch with Nate Diaz.
McGregor notoriously composed: “I have actually chosen to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later on.”
McGregor and Diaz combated in August 2016.
3 years later on, McGregor retired again in March 2019 in what White thought was a gambit to attract the UFC to use him an ownership stake in the company. McGregor began discussing brand-new fights soon afterward, and he ultimately went back to deal with Cerrone in early 2020.
The chatty McGregor has actually long shown that his pronouncements can’t be taken as gospel fact. Previously this year, McGregor “accepted” future battles against previous UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and long-retired boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya with little factor to think they will ever occur.
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