“Hey guys, I decided to withdraw from the fight,” McGregor wrote in a caption above a photo of him with his mother. “Thank you all for the incredible memories! What a ride it was! Here is a photo of me and my mother in Las Vegas after one of my world title victories! Choose the house of your dreams Mags I love you! Everything you want is yours “
The random retirement announcement on Twitter is nothing new for McGregor. When the UFC contract negotiations took place in 2019, McGregor issued a similar message. In April 2016, McGregor announced his retirement in the now famous “thank you tweet for cheese”.
McGregor, 31, has been named by UFC President Dana White as the next likely contender for the winner of the next light championship bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
Only time will tell if McGregor really means what he wrote. The former double UFC champion has not competed since UFC 246 in January when he beat Donald Cerrone by TKO in the first round.
McGregor joins a notable list of UFC fighters who have either retired, threatened to retire, or denounced the failed talks. The promotion is currently in the midst of public back and forth with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and BMF title holder Jorge Masvidal. Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo retired last month after defending his belt and then left.