Following the conclusion of UFC 250 Saturday night, McGregor announced on Twitter that he has “decided to retire from fighting.”
“Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting,” McGregor wrote in a caption above a picture of him with his mother. “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”
UFC President Dana White isn't buying it, however. He asserts that McGregor is stir crazy from the pandemic and other events.
“I’ll remind everybody that we’re in a pandemic. The world is a crazy place right now with all these things that are going on,” White said at the UFC 250 post-fight news conference. “I think that everybody feels this right now. There’s no fans. We can’t travel the fights around. I think everybody is pissed off, confused, been locked up in their houses for three-and-a-half months. People are wearing masks. There’s protests. There’s riots. The list goes on and on.
“If you don’t think what I’m doing right now is probably the hardest thing that I’ve ever done, and you don’t think three times a day I throw my (expletive) hands up and I’m ready to say, ‘(Expletive) this (expletive).’ The amount of people I have gunning at me right now is insane.”
This isn't the first time McGregor announced retirement via Twitter. When UFC contract negotiations went haywire in 2019,
McGregor posted a similar message. McGregor also announced retirement in April 2016 through his now infamous "thanks for the cheese" Tweet.
McGregor, 31, has been designated by UFC president Dana White as the likely next challenger for the winner of the upcoming lightweight championship bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
McGregor hasn't competed since UFC 246 in January when he defeated Donald Cerrone by first-round TKO. Only time will tell if the former UFC double champion is serious.
McGregor joins a notable list of UFC fighters who have either retired, threatened to retire, or spoken out about failed negotiations. Last month, bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo retired after defending his belt and later vacated. UFC is currently in the midst of public back-and-forths
with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and “BMF” titleholder Jorge Masvidal.
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