It appears as though Conor McGregor has had enough of fighting…again.
Moments after the conclusion of UFC 250, the UFC superstar took to Twitter and announced that he was walking away from MMA.
On Sunday morning, McGregor told ESPN that he has lost his excitement for the sport.
“The game just does not excite me, and that’s that,” McGregor 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.
“They should have just kept the ball rolling. I mean, why are they pushing [Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje] back to September? You know what’s going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that’s not going to happen. I laid out a plan and a method that was the right move, the right methods to go with. And they always want to balk at that and not make it happen or just drag it on. Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power. They should have just done the fight — me and Justin for the interim title — and just kept the ball rolling.”
UFC’s former featherweight and lightweight champion has now announced his retirement for the 3rd time in 4 years.
“I’m a bit bored of the game,” he told ESPN. “I’m here watching the fight. I watched the last show — the [Tyron-Woodley-Gilbert Burns] show — I watched the show tonight. I’m just not excited about the game, Ariel. I don’t know if it’s no crowd. I don’t know what it is. There’s just no buzz for me.”
He first walked away in March 2016, but eventually returned later that summer and defeated Diaz that August.
McGregor also retired via Twitter in April 2019 in the midst of negotiations with UFC, but once again returned to action in January, defeating Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.
As you can expect, not many people think he is serious this time around.