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On June 6 former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor once again retired from fighting via Twitter.
“Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting,” McGregor said on Twitter. “Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!”
However, this is the third time “The Notorious One” has retired on social media.
As UFC Dana White has pointed out in various press conferences, a reason why some fighters are taking time off or retiring is because of how strenuous the current events can be. With the COVID-19 pandemic and a constant flood of social issues in the news, finding time to be passionate about fighting can be exhausting.
McGregor later told ESPN that there are no fight options that excite him at this time. With both the welterweight and lightweight title fights being accounted for at this time, it is possible that McGregor is just waiting for the right moment to jump in.
With a plethora of fight options available in the future, is he just using this as leverage to come back in a few months? Rematches with Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dustin Poirier and even Floyd Mayweather seem like very possible options within the next two years.
Do you think that McGregor is retired for good? Or do you expect to see him back in the Octagon, or ring, within the next year?