Conor McGregor has yet again announced he has retired from fighting.
Suddenly without warning after the conclusion of UFC 250 early Sunday morning, Conor McGregor tweeted that he has retired from fighting in 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
Shortly after his tweet ignited a firestorm on Twitter, McGregor spoke to ESPN to further clarify his statement as to why he has walked away from MMA.
“The game just does not excite me, and that’s that,” McGregor told ESPN. “All this waiting around. There’s nothing happening. I’m going through opponent options, and there’s nothing really there at the minute. There’s nothing that’s exciting me.
“They should have just kept the ball rolling. I mean, why are they pushing [Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje] back to September? You know what’s going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that’s not going to happen. I laid out a plan and a method that was the right move, the right methods to go with. And they always want to balk at that and not make it happen or just drag it on. Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power. They should have just done the fight — me and Justin for the interim title — and just kept the ball rolling.”
Conor McGregor also admitted that he had drafted out the Twitter post about his retirement as early as two weeks ago. He told ESPN that he is “a bit bored of the game.” He continues to state that after watching this weekend’s fight and the previous UFC fight that he simply didn’t feel the same excitement that he used to.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Conor McGregor claimed he would be retiring. It’s not even the second. He first stepped away form the sport in March 2016 after deciding not to travel to the United States to take part in a news conference from his rematch against Nate Diaz. It caused quite a stir at the time only for him to return later that summer when he fought and defeated Diaz in August.
Then later on April 2019, he “retired” a second time during his negotiations with UFC. Ultimately the issues during negotiation were resolved and McGregor returned in January for a fight against Donald Cerrone. He defeated Cerrone in 40 seconds.
McGregor also retired via Twitter in April 2019 in the midst of negotiations with UFC, which were ultimately resolved, and he returned to action in January, defeating Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.
Will Conor McGregor stay retired this time? We’ll have to wait and see as the story develops. Stick around the Generation Iron Fitness Network for updates.