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How Many Times Has Conor McGregor Retired From Mixed Martial Arts?



Conor McGregor after loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov

When it comes to the king of PPVs, Conor McGregor is your man. However, the Irishman is also the master of retirements. Despite being one of the most admired and successful fighters in the promotion, he has given his retirement more than any other fighter in the promotion.

The fighter has retired 3 times until now and is still competing in the lightweight division. Let’s have a look at the timeline of the retirements of the most outspoken fighter ever.

Conor McGregor ’s retirements 

The first retirement: April 19, 2016

His first retirement came in 2016 after his first fight against Nate Diaz. Reportedly, he didn’t fly to States for UFC media events for his rematch against the Stockton Slugger.

However, the Notorious returned for his rematch against Nate after UFC CEO convinced him. Later, the fight turned into one of the best fights of 2016. Any fight fan who has seen McGregor vs Diaz 2 will rank it in their top fights for sure. His first retirement lasted only for 46days.

Second retirement:March 25, 2019

It was in 2019 when Conor lost the most anticipated fight of his career against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. After 5 months of that fight, Conor decided to quit.
Many of his fans expected his comeback. But, his suspension by NSAC until April made it a bit complicated. However, the retirement only lasted till he returned to defeat Donald Cowboy Cerrone

Conor McGregor latest retirement: June 6, 2020

His third and latest retirement came suddenly after Tryon vs Gilbert’s fight in May 2020. The fighter tweeted that:

McGregor later revealed that was “bored” of UFC after watching recent behind-closed-doors fights, but admitted that he’ll “see what the future holds”. He commented on ESPN :

I’m a bit bored of the game…I watched the last show – the [Tyron] Woodley v [Gilbert] Burns show… I’m just not excited about the game

Nonetheless, he again returned for his rematch against Dustin Poirier. After the losing, fight he and Poirier are going for their first trilogy bout at UFC 264. The former two-division UFC World Champion has a record of 22-5-0 UFC. For a fighter of his caliber, it doesn’t seem like after these 3 retirements, his original retirement might get neglected. But, who knows what there is in the future when the name is Conor Notorious McGregor