Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has announced that he is retiring. Again.
Just days after going viral for eating a jar of bees, McGregor is kicking up yet more buzz on social media by tweeting that he is done with the sport for good. "Hey guys I've decided to retire from fighting," he wrote on Twitter. "Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it's been!"
Of course, this is far from the first time that the controversial fighter has announced his plans to retire from MMA on social media. He tweeted in April 2016 that he had "decided to retire young," a decision which he soon walked back. Then, in March 2019, McGregor once again stated that his days as a professional fighter had come to an end, having not fought in any official capacity since losing a match to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 (a defeat which precipitated a number of public clashes with the law).
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
However, as early as July 2019, McGregor was stirring up speculation that his "retirement" might be short-lived, with UFC boss Dana White making plans for him to reenter the octagon in 2020. Then in September, he began sharing training videos on Instagram as he prepared to make his comeback.
Of course, the ongoing pandemic has thrown quite a spanner into the works as far as UFC's live events are concerned, prompting talk of a private "fight island," but it doesn't sound as if McGregor will be participating in those remote matches. Unless he changes his mind, again.
And if he does decide to retire for good, then he'll be living comfortably; thanks to his fighting income over the years, not to mention his own whiskey brand and various endorsements, McGregor is worth around $85 million.
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