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Conor McGregor is Retiring from the UFC for the Third Time

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"The Notorious" Conor McGregor has announced that he will step away from professional fighting for good. 👀

Not long after the end of UFC 250 on Saturday, McGregor shared his intent to retire from the UFC and mixed martial arts.

"Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting," he tweeted. "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 ❤️."

The shocking revelation comes just a few months after McGregor knocked out Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246, giving him his first victory in over three years. The 31-year-old's career record stands at 22-4.

McGregor also posted a photo of a batch of brownies made by his two kids, Conor Jr. and Croia. "Happy Retirement Daddy," reads icing on top.

(I'm hungry now.)

Before this latest exit, McGregor "retired" from MMA twice before in 2016 and 2019. His 2019 Twitter message was published a few months after he took an L to Khabib Nurmagomedov by submission in UFC 229.

"I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement," he wrote. "Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!"

Yet, this time around may be different as McGregor claimed that "the game just does not excite me" in an interview with ESPN.

"The game just does not excite me, and that's that," he said. "All this waiting around. There's nothing happening. I'm going through opponent options, and there's nothing really there at the minute. There's nothing that's exciting me."

He continued, "I don't know if it's no crowd. I don't know what it is. There's just no buzz for me."

His Twitter note was also apparently drafted two weeks ago, meaning this latest retirement wasn't just a spur-of-the-moment decision.

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UFC president Dana White addressed the news, as well as recent complaints from UFC fighters Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal about pay, during a post-UFC 250 press conference.

“One of the beautiful things about this sport is you don’t have to fight,” White said. “This isn’t the NBA or the NFL where you better be at practice, you better show up and do this. You don’t have to do anything here.

"And if these guys want to sit out and retire right now, or anybody feels uncomfortable in any way, shape, or form of what’s going on, you don’t have to fight. It is all good."

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