Retirement ploy? McGregor claims he’s retired from fighting

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Conor McGregor is either serious this time, or he’s playing a joke on everyone. McGregor claims that he is retired from mixed martial arts.

McGregor – who is one of the biggest superstars in the UFC – previously claimed that he was retiring from the Octagon on several occasions when he was in a dispute with the organization. This is at least the third time that he said that he was retiring from the sport.

UFC Fighter Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 before his bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov
Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 before his bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov (Getty Images)

“Hey guys, I’ve decided to retire from fighting,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “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 made his social media announcement near the end of the UFC 250 main event when Amanda Nunes defeated Felica Spencer by unanimous decision.

The 31-year-old may be using this as a ploy to get more money from the UFC, like he has in the past. Several fighters have been clashing with UFC President Dana White lately over purse money.

This list includes Jon “Bones” Jones and Jorge Masivdal. Jones even claimed that he would give up his light heavyweight belt in his dispute with White.

If this is truly the end of the road for McGregor, he was 22-4 in his MMA career. All four losses were by submission.

He would have won 19 fights by knockout if he is truly retiring. McGregor also has two wins by decision and one win by submission.

McGregor may go out with a UFC 246 win over Cerrone when he won by TKO (Head Kick and Punches) in the first-round in his Jan. 18, 2020 bout.

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