There is no question that of all the MMA fighters that have burst on to the scene, Conor McGregor is by far the most successful. While his record isn’t as strong as some others and his career has taken a bit of slip in recent years, the Irish larrikin has transcended the sport in a way few other fighters have been able to emulate. On Saturday night, following the UFC 250 event, the former two-division champion announced his retirement from the MMA.
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
Taking to Twitter immediately after the event, McGregor posted a photo of himself with a brief statement that announced he was stepping away from the sport. “Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!” McGregor wrote. The retirement of the MMA’s brightest star who was apparently in the midst of a significant comeback should be the biggest news in sports right now (not hard considering the apparent absence of athletic competition), but alas, it appears nobody cares. Why? Because it’s not McGregor’s first rodeo.
Fans were quick to point out that McGregor had previously made a similar statement back in 2016 when he retired for the first time. And then again in 2019 when he retired for a second stint. In fact, Twitter is blowing up with memes of McGregor walking out and immediately returning, suggesting the MMA star is far from done. Apparently UFC president Dana White was in the middle of his press conference when he learned of McGregor’s retirement. The head of the sport noted that the Irishman was likely just frustrated by the quarantine conditions.
Dana White on Conor's retirement announcement: "We're in a pandemic. The world is a crazy place right now and everybody feels it. I think everybody's pissed off, confused and been locked in their houses for three months."
— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) June 7, 2020
At the moment, it appears McGregor was serious with the announcement, but with White’s Fight Island officially moving forward, you can bet McGregor will be in the discussions for a bout. Will this be the last we see of The Notorious in the ring? Past performance would indicate not, but who really knows with Conor?
If I had a dollar for everytime I’ve heard you say that lmao
— Durry (@Cuzzadurry) June 7, 2020
— SAUD_WRESTLING (@SAUD__W10) June 7, 2020