After recovering from an injury sustained at UFC 264, McGregor has left fans wondering what his next move will be. Perhaps he has cryptically announced that he is retiring from MMA yet again.
His absence from the octagon was hinted at on Twitter through several posts. First, McGregor said, “MMA, I’ll never forget you! Easy work.” McGregor tweeted after landing a role in the “Road House” remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Several hours later, he quoted “Titanic” by saying, “I’ll never let go, Jack!” In reality, he was referring to mixed martial arts.
Is Conor McGregor retiring from MMA?
There was a time when Conor McGregor ruled the world a few years ago, dominating the lightweight and featherweight divisions in the UFC. He won the lightweight title in 2016 by defeating Eddie Alvarez. Unfortunately, he would be the last UFC fighter until 2019.
He fought Floyd Mayweather in 2017 in a boxing match. Having become one of the wealthiest athletes of all time, Conor McGregor had little time to compete in octagons. When McGregor returned to the ring against Khabib Nurmagomedov, he dominated him. McGregor is 1-3 since returning.
McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 for the second time. Unfortunately, his tibia fractured, and he had surgery to repair it. In 2023, he expects to return to action, but filming “Road House” could delay his return. Also, McGregor has hinted at a rematch with Mayweather.
Through his new film venture, Conor McGregor hinted (right after announcing his retirement) that he may return to MMA one day.
“I’ll be back! For the sake of humankind! I must return! Happy birthday my man, @Schwarzenegger! Hope you and H are proud of my recovery/work and my latest move on the board. Fun times ahead, bring it.”
History of Conor McGregor’s retirement
It’s not the first time McGregor has hinted at his retirement from mixed martial arts.
McGregor announced his retirement in 2016, resulting in a rematch with Nate Diaz. However, he was in trouble with the UFC after not showing up for a media event. Sadly, that retirement would only last one day.
McGregor teased leaving the sport again in March 2019. Following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, he had a vast dispute inside and outside the octagon. McGregor was suspended for his part in the wild incident by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor’s retirement stemmed from wanting a stake in the UFC. Additionally, McGregor was dealing with multiple legal issues.
Once again, McGregor stole the spotlight when he announced his retirement following UFC 250. He had just beaten Donald Cerrone to start the year and was ready to fight back to the top of the lightweight division. Instead, McGregor wanted to wait to see how a fight with Nurmagomedov and then-interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje went. Negotiations fell flat. After private messages between McGregor and White appeared on social media, he used a familiar tactic.
It is unknown what McGregor’s intentions are in this latest series of tweets. However, an old saying now more than ever: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
MMA star McGregor gives a hint of his retirement.