Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from fighting and has thanked his fans in an emotional message on Twitter.
The Irishman posted a picture of himself standing beside his mother and wrote: ‘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.’
It is far from the first time McGregor has claimed to have retired having made similar declarations in 2016 and 2019.
The 31-year-old made his return to UFC six months ago following a lengthy absence after his comprehensive defeat at the hands of rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UFC president Dana White had planned for McGregor to fight the winner of the eagerly anticipated lightweight fight between Khabib and Justin Gaethje, who recorded a shock win over Tony Ferguson last month.
Meanwhile, only hours prior to McGregor’s announcement, Brazilian star Anderson Silva had declared his intention to fight the former two weight world champion and had already begun to cut his weight.
‘I talked about my super fight with Conor, and I’m starting to cut my weight,’ Silva said.
‘And for no excuse and for everybody talking about, “Oh but Anderson don’t take the weight and blah blah blah.”
‘Ok, I start training and I’m ready for that. Conor ready too. And it’s a one thing, just Dana White, I need to make this fight real. Let’s go see.’
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