Pros react after Conor McGregor announces he is done with fighting

Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier
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Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor stole headlines on Saturday evening when he announced his retirement from the fight game.

The Irish superstar took to Twitter shortly following the conclusion of Saturday’s UFC 250 pay-per-view event where shared the shocking news.

“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.”

The news came as a surprise as Conor McGregor had been clamoring for a fight in recent weeks. The Irishman had even verbally accepted a catchweight bout with Anderson Silva, but the UFC was not interested in putting on that contest.

McGregor had made his highly anticipated return to the Octagon this past January at UFC 246, where he scored a sensational first round knockout victory over Donald Cerrone.

Check out how the pros reacted to Conor McGregor announcing his retirement (again) below:

https://twitter.com/Justin_Gaethje/status/1269502343223095296

https://twitter.com/GilbertDurinho/status/1269528777333198848

 

Most recently, Conor McGregor spoke with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani where he revealed that there just wasn’t any good options for him at the moment. ‘Notorious’ also added that any ideas he pitched to the UFC were shot down by the promotion.

McGregor joins a list of fighters who have recently retired or asked for their release due to conflicts with the UFC. Henry Cejudo retired from MMA following his victory over Dominick Cruz at last month’s UFC 249 event, and standouts Jorge Masvidal and Jon Jones have recently asked to be released by their employer.

Whether or not Dana White and company will be able to mend fences with Conor McGregor and lure him back to the Octagon remains to be seen.

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on June 7, 2020