Former two-weight UFC and Cage Warriors champion Conor McGregor said he has decided to retire from fighting.
McGregor unexpectedly took to Twitter to drop the announcement as UFC 250 was coming to an end.
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
Many of the comments replying to McGregor’s announcement rightly point out that the Irishman has “retired” plenty of times in the past.
The most notable example was when he tweeted “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later,” in 2016 during the very peak of his powers.
McGregor last teased retirement in 2019.
However, given recent examples like Henry Cejudo – a two-division champion himself – and his surprise decision to call it quits, it’s unclear how serious McGregor is this time round.
The Dubliner last fought Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January, earning an impressively-quick stoppage win.
In the last few weeks, McGregor has hinted at fights with a series of rivals, including Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje and even Anderson Silva.