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UFC star Conor McGregor retires for the third time

UFC Superstar Conor Mcgregor retired from the sport with yet another Twitter announcement on Sunday 7 June 2020.

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Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport on Sunday 7 June.

The two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) World Champion announced that his fighting days were over in a Twitter post on his verified account, alongside a picture of the Irishman with his mother, Margaret.

Conor McGregor retires for the third time

“Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!” McGregor wrote.

“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.”

A controversial fighter, who more than earned the nickname “The Notorious”, McGregor previously announced his retirement from the sport in March last year after his submission defeat at the hands of arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

The first retirement

Mcgregor’s first ‘retirement’ came in April 2016 when he also said he was retiring with his famous tweet: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” 

The Irishman made what is presumed to be his final appearance in the octagon was in January 2020 after a 15 month-absence when he knocked out veteran American fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a 40-second blowout in Las Vegas. 

The 31-year-old made headlines last year when an attack on an older man in a Dublin bar was captured in a viral video.

Despite the controversy, McGregor remains one of the most popular fighters in MMA history and sports a record of 22-4. McGregor was the first UFC fighter to hold two championship belts at the same time. The Irishman achieved the feat in 2016 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title fight, adding it to his featherweight title.

That triumph was followed by a loss to boxing great Floyd Mayweather in a cross-combat super fight in 2017 which was panned as a money-making gimmick by pundits from both sports. 

Dana White pays tribute to Conor McGregor

UFC president Dana White paid tribute to McGregor after the conclusion of UFC 250 in Las Vegas early Sunday morning.

“If Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement, you should absolutely do it,” White said at the post-event press conference. 

“I love Conor. There’s a handful of people that have made this really fun for me, and he’s one of them.”

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