UFC: Is Conor McGregor serious about retiring…again?

Conor McGregor, UFC
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Conor McGregor holds an Irish flag as he celebrates his first round TKO victory against Donald Cerrone following UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Well here we go again with UFC superstar, Conor McGregor. Right after UFC 250 wrapped up, McGregor sent out a tweet announcing that he was retiring from fighting.

Is he serious?

First off, this is not the first time that Conor McGregor has done this. In fact, this is the third time that McGregor has announced on Twitter that he was stepping away from fighting. After the main event at UFC 200 fell apart due to media obligations, McGregor announced that he was stepping away from fighting. Then, McGregor announced in March of last year that he “Decided to Retire”. Of course, we all know that those retirements were extremely short lived. McGregor unretired almost immediately after both of those tweets were sent out.

We don’t really know what the motive of the tweet was, but I would be extremely surprised if McGregor is actually retired. He’s currently first in line to fight the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov/Justin Gaethje title fight. Dana White has come out this week saying that McGregor needed to just wait for the winner of that fight. McGregor was very vocal at the beginning of the year that he wanted to fight a number of times. McGregor has called out multiple fighters on Twitter recently, and even accepted a fight with Anderson Silva in the last couple of weeks.

Bottom line is that Conor McGregor is not actually retired. I would bet my entire house that McGregor is not walking away from the sport. There has been a lot of contract disputes going on with the UFC and it’s stars due to fighter pay. Maybe this is another spat? Who knows, but what I do know is that Conor McGregor is not permanently retiring from the UFC. I’m sure this thing will blow over sooner rather than later, and McGregor will announce that he’s coming back. . . again.