Conor McGregor Has Announced His Retirement From The UFC (Again)

07 June 2020
Sports, MMA, UFC, Conor McGregor, Retirement, Dana White
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The Notorious has tweeted his plans to hang up his gloves

If you’re Conor McGregor, it’s part of the job description to occasionally make wild and outlandish statements, but according to a tweet he sent today, Conor McGregor is retiring from fighting.

Tweeting out “Hey guys, I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!” The Notorious MMA blew up his own feed, gathering thousands of retweets and replies in a matter of minutes.

The thing is, not everyone believes him. Not least because this isn’t the first time he’s announced that he’d be hanging up his gloves.

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In March of 2019 he used social media to let people know he was retiring from fighting, before returning to the octagon in January of 2020, beating Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in emphatic fashion.

This could well be a strategy to boost his profile and earnings before returning to the UFC and commanding an even higher pay packet.

McGregor’s future has been uncertain since he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018. Nurmagomedov refused to offer McGregor a rematch, and since then, it’s been difficult for Conor to know who to fight.

Rumours of bouts with Nate Diaz, Anderson Silva and even Jorge Masvidal have circulated but these are undoubtedly tough fights for the Irishman, especially if he moves up to welterweight.

In the meantime, thanks to the coronavirus, scheduled fights have been cancelled or delayed, and bouts are now taking place behind closed doors in empty arenas. For a showman like McGregor, who thrives on the energy of the crowd and publicity he can generate at the weigh ins and pre match press conferences, the prospect of fighting in front of no one probably seems dull.

There’s also the not insignificant $100m he made from his fight with Floyd Mayweather. For money like that, McGregor would have to leave the octagon and return to the ring again.

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For the UFC though, the potential retirement of its biggest star could be very problematic. Say what you like about McGregor as a person but there’s no doubt he pushed UFC into the mainstream.

The question now for UFC president Dana White is: how does he convince Conor to stay?