Conor McGregor retires via social media for the third time.
It’s Phantasm all over again with former UFC two-division champ Conor McGregor, as he took to social media to announce retirement for the third time.
At the conclusion of UFC 250, McGregor posted a photo of he and his mother to his Twitter, where he made the retirement announcement and thanked the fans for all the memories inside the cage.
“Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting,” McGregor posted. “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.”
McGregor returned to the Octagon in January at UFC 246, finishing Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds.
Considering this is the third time McGregor has done such a thing, not a lot of people are buying this as a legitimate retirement —‚and feeling that this is just a negotiation ploy. In fact, the previous two retirements were announcements via social media as well.
The first time McGregor retired came back in 2016 during his rivalry with Nate Diaz. After the rematch between the two was pulled from UFC 200 due to McGregor not showing up for a media event, the Irish superstar retired…for all of a day. The rematch did end up taking place at UFC 202.
McGregor then took to Twitter to announce retirement in 2019, once again during failed negotiations between himself and the UFC. Around the same time, it was reported that McGregor was facing his first of two sexual assault charges in Ireland.
If this truly is a negotiation ploy, McGregor joins the likes of Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal and Henry Cejudo in expressing frustration with the promotion — more specifically in regards to pay —to the point where they retire or ask to be released.