Conor McGregor announces retirement from mixed martial arts moments after UFC 250

Conor McGregor has appeared to have announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. The UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion has been on the sidelines since his 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January, which was his first outing since his UFC 229 defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

The Irishman, 31, was hoping to fight two more times this year, which he’d described as a season.

However, ‘The Notorious’ appears to have opted to call time on his Hall-of-Famer career for a third time.

McGregor dropped the bombshell shortly after the conclusion of UFC 250, which took place in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting,” he tweeted. “Thank you all for the amazing memories!

I’ve decided to retire from fighting

Conor McGregor on Twitter

“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.”

McGregor’s decision to go into retirement came completely out of left field and perplexed many given his recent eagerness to lock horns with newly-crowned interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje.

Given the fact he’s already retired twice and performed quick U-turn, many fight fans aren’t buying his latest announcement.

McGregor’s “retirement” came in April 2016 amid heated negotiations with UFC over a rematch with Nate Diaz and the subsequent media engagement.

Ireland’s first UFC champion performed a U-turn just a matter of days later in a blistering statement on Facebook.

The former featherweight and lightweight king’s second retirement came in March 2019 but was brief like his first.

UFC president Dana White addressed McGregor apparent retirement in the post-fight press conference, in which he launched a blistering attack on the Dubliner.


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