Moments after Amanda Nunes became the first UFC fighter to hold two titles and defend them at the same time in the main event of UFC 250, the former two-division UFC champ, announced that he was done with the sport of MMA.
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
McGregor also “retired” in 2016 via social media when he and the UFC argued about media obligations around a fight with Nate Diaz.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
In 2019, McGregor “retired” for a second time. Again, he made that announcement on social media.
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
Neither of McGregor’s previous retirements stood. The Irish competitor has stepped into the octagon four times since his April 2016 retirement tweet. McGregor is 3-1 in those bouts. His most recent fight was a 40-second TKO win over Donald Cerrone in January. That bout served as the main event of UFC 246.