Conor McGregor states he has actually retired from fighting – for the 3rd time in four years.
Ireland’s former two-weight UFC champion, 31, has a record of 22 wins and four defeats.
His last fight, in January 2020, saw him beat American fan favourite Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in Las Vegas.
He has actually previously announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019 before twice returning to the octagon.
McGregor likewise tried boxing, losing to previous five-weight world champ Floyd Mayweather in August 2017.
” Hey men I have actually chosen to retire from battling,” he said on Twitter on Sunday.
” Thank you all for the incredible memories! What a trip it’s been!”
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He later on told ESPN he was “tired of the video game”.
McGregor added: “The game simply does not delight me, and that’s that. All this lingering. There’s nothing taking place.
” I’m going through opponent alternatives, and there’s absolutely nothing truly there at the minute. There’s nothing that’s exciting me.”
Speaking after UFC 250 in Las Vegas on Saturday, the organisation’s president Dana White stated he had actually not been provided advance warning of McGregor’s announcement.
” One of my people got me and showed it to me on social networks – that’s Conor, that’s how Conor works and does things,” said White.
” Conor McGregor’s not going to need some cash at any time soon. He loves the battle, he’s enthusiastic about it and he has an amazing fighter IQ. But whatever his factor is, when you state you desire to retire, do not stress over it. Do your thing, guy.”
White added: “We remain in a pandemic, the world is an insane place right now. If these people wish to sit out and retire right now, or if any person feels unpleasant in any shape or form about what’s going on, you don’t need to battle – it’s all great. So if that’s what’s Conor’s feeling right now, Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, I feel you.”
UFC occasions are happening without fans due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic and last month McGregor suggested he wishes to contend in a behind-closed-doors event.
Highs and lows of McGregor
McGregor signed for the UFC in 2013 as a two-division Cage Warriors champion, and went on to record the UFC titles at featherweight and lightweight, becoming the first guy to all at once hold UFC titles in two weight classes.
Those titles were subsequently stripped by the UFC after he stopped working to defend his belts.
After his first ‘retirement’ in 2016, he returned in October 2018 to unsuccessfully challenge for the UFC light-weight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
Earlier this year, he showed among the most spectacular performances of his profession to defeat Cerrone – his first win inside the octagon given that taking his 2nd world title in 2016.
In May, McGregor stated himself as the 2nd biggest blended martial arts fighter of all time behind Anderson Silva, adding he would “easily” go beyond the Brazilian prior to retiring.
Nevertheless, McGregor’s time in mixed martial arts
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