Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from the sport several times in the past. The former dual champion announced he has retired from mixed martial arts after his second-round submission loss over Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 229. Then, soon after failing to land a fight after his emphatic 40 second TKO win over Donald Cerrone, McGregor announced his retirement from the sport yet again.
With McGregor announcing his decision to retire from the sport being mentioned so often by the “Notorious,” it won’t be wrong to say that fight fans believe that McGregor is not retiring anytime soon. Ahead of UFC 257, McGregor opened up on his decision to retire when he broke the internet with a tweet calling his retirement from the sport in June 2020.
“I’ll be competing for a long long time yet. It is certainly brought out of frustration. You trying to get these events going, you’re trying to get things moving and it’s not happening. I felt like if I’ve run out a couple more times that year not only would my skillsets, my sharpness everything would be in tune a lot more.”
McGregor stated that his decision to announce his retirement had a lot to do with his inability to land a fight. Earlier, McGregor had promised a “season” going into 2020 after his stoppage win over Donald Cerrone. However, McGregor failed to compete with his relationship with the UFC seeing a new low.
“It was certainly out of frustration. But it is what it is. The past is the past. We are in a great spot now. I felt like I got off what I needed to get off my chest. It’s been reciprocated well, and it has come back. I am in a great spot and I’m excited to come back.”
The situation got a lot worse after McGregor leaked screenshots of his private conversation with UFC President Dana White on Twitter. Be that as it may, White has stated that he is in a good relationship with McGregor right now and the former dual champion will probably fight three times this year.
Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting.
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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Dh4ijsZacZ
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 7, 2020
What’s next for Conor McGregor?
Conor McGregor has stated that he wants to rip through the lightweight division as he did during his time as the featherweight division. With Nate Diaz dropping down to the lightweight division, there’s a reason to believe that UFC fans could be in for a trilogy bout should the opportunity arises.
While Conor McGregor has given his nod to a potential showdown against Nate Diaz, the “Stockton Slugger” is yet to confirm his move to the lightweight division.