A shocking revelation unfolds as former double champ and MMA superstar ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport.
The announcement obviously raised a lot of eyebrows throughout the MMA community. The Irish sensation made his much anticipated return after earlier in 2020 and named it to be his ‘comeback season’. He claimed to fight thrice in 2020 however then COVID-19 happened which distorted the entire plan.
Yet the announcement was a huge surprise especially keeping in mind his performance after a 15 month hiatus. McGregor destroyed Cowboy Cerrone in mere 40 seconds to stamp his arrival.
He took to Twitter to reveal the news.
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
McGregor retiring to set up for an even bigger comeback?
The announcement marks as McGregor’s third retirement in mere four years. Everytime he retired, he came back with an even bigger fight announcement. The stat does give the MMA community some hope of watching him back in action in near future.
He first announced his retirement back in April 2016 after his defeat against arch rival Nate Diaz. It was reportedly due to negotiation issues with the UFC in setting up a rematch against Diaz. “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later,” he tweeted. (via Twitter):
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
He then again announced his retirement in March 2019. UFC President Dana White believed it was due to UFC not fulfilling his demand of an ownership stake in the company. (via Twitter):
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
The MMA community might hoping be this retirement as a set up for something huge in near future as well. Especially at this interesting phase where the 31-year old is in the prime of his life. Many options like a fight with Jorge Masvidal, Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz trilogy and even a title shot against Kamaru Usman was associated with McGregor. Obviously an unprecedented rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov was always on cards. White also had McGregor fighting in the newly established Fight Island which could have been a huge revenue making option as well.
Recently another former double champ Henry Cejudo announced his retirement in his prime which shook the world. Also light heavyweight king and P4P #1 Jon Jones and BMF champ Jorge Masvidal asked for their release which might indicate negotiation problems within the UFC.
‘The Notorious’ legend!
Regardless what McGregor has done for the sport is unmatched for. He literally transcended the sport towards the top. His highlights include first winning featherweight belt by knocking out long reigning champ Jose Aldo within just 13 seconds. He then moved up to destroy lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez to become the first fighter in the history to hold belts in two weight classes simultaneously.
He fought two memorable wars with Nate Diaz. He then made a crossover to boxing to take on legend Floyd Mayweather in what is known as ‘The Money Fight’. He also has a knockout in three divisions of the UFC. Retired or not, we thank this legend for the memories.