Is Conor McGregor retiring from MMA? UFC star teases another departure from fighting

Healing from an injury he suffered at UFC 264, Conor McGregor has left fans guessing regarding what his next move will be when. Once again, he may have cryptically announced his retirement from MMA.

In a series of posts on Twitter, McGregor teased his official absence from the octagon. McGregor said, “Mma, I’ll never forget you! Easy work.” That tweet came after McGregor secured a role in the “Road House” remake with Jake Gyllenhaal.

A few hours later, he quoted “Titanic” by saying, “Ill never let go, Jack!” That may have been referring to MMA.

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Is Conor McGregor retiring from MMA?

Conor McGregor was on top of the world a few years ago, winning the UFC lightweight and featherweight titles with ease. In 2016 he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. That would be his last fight for the UFC until 2019.

In 2017, he fought Floyd Mayweather in a boxing bout. With the fight making him one of the richest athletes of all time, McGregor’s time in the octagon was limited. Returning against Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor was dominated. Since returning, McGregor is 1-3.

At UFC 264, McGregor lost his second fight in a row against Dustin Poirier. He suffered a broken tibia in the process and underwent surgery to get it fixed. He is expected to return to action in 2023, but filming “Road House” may delay it. McGregor has also teased a rematch with Mayweather.

Using his new film venture, McGregor teased (right after announcing his potential retirement) that he will eventually be back in the octagon.

“I’ll be back! For the sake of mankind! 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 .”

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Conor McGregor’s retirement history

Believe it or not this is not the first time McGregor has teased his retirement from MMA.

In 2016, McGregor announced his retirement leading to a rematch with Nate Diaz. This was after he was in trouble with the UFC after no-showing a media event. That retirement would only last one day.

In March 2019, McGregor teased leaving the sport again. After losing to then-UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, his first fight since 2016, a massive brawl took place in and out of the octagon. McGregor was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his part in the wild situation. At the time, UFC President Dana White indicated McGregor’s retirement was a result of him wanting to secure an ownership stake in the UFC. This was also when McGregor was dealing with multiple legal issues.

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McGregor once again stole the spotlight when he did another retirement post following UFC 250 in 2020. He had just beaten Donald Cerrone to start the year and was ready to fight back to the top of the lightweight division. 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 were shared on social media, McGregor decided to use an all-too-familiar tactic.

It is unknown what McGregor’s intentions are in this latest series of tweets. An old saying is relevant now more than ever: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

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