One of the most absorbing and divisive careers in the history of mixed martial arts might have just come to an end. Or someone could just be trying to get an upper hand in a negotiation.
Conor McGregor, the controversial former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, tweeted late Monday night that he has decided to retire from MMA. It’s possible McGregor wasn’t being serious, as you never really know with him.
We have, of course, seen something like this before. McGregor tweeted his decision to retire young in 2016. Two days later, he posted a lengthy statement on Facebook that ended with him saying “I AM NOT RETIRED.” So you can draw your own conclusions.
That first “retirement” occurred amid contentious negotiations over McGregor’s rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200. UFC subsequently pulled McGregor from the event and later held the rematch at UFC 202.
McGregor’s retirement this time occurs at an even more volatile time for the Irishman, as he is still suspended for his role in the chaos following his loss to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
There’s no telling who McGregor might have fought during his return as there has been noise around several fighters, including Donald Cerrone, Tyron Woodley, Max Holloway, Jose Aldo and Dustin Poirier.