UFC star Conor McGregor has shocked followers by asserting his shock retirement from preventing on the age of 31.

The Irishman posted on Twitter within the early hours of Sunday morning to announce that he is not going to be preventing once more.

McGregor wrote: ‘Hey guys I’ve determined to retire from preventing. Thanks all for the superb reminiscences! What a experience it has been! 

Conor McGregor announced his shock retirement from UFC again on Sunday morning (pictured above with his mother, Margaret)

Conor McGregor introduced his shock retirement from UFC once more on Sunday morning (pictured above together with his mom, Margaret)

The 31-year-old was last seen in the octagon in January when he demolished Donald Cerrone

The 31-year-old was final seen within the octagon in January when he demolished Donald Cerrone

McGregor became the only man to hold two belts in different weight divisions back in 2016

McGregor turned the one man to carry two belts in numerous weight divisions again in 2016

‘Here’s a image of myself and my mom in Las Vegas put up one among my World title wins! Decide the house of your goals Mags I like you! No matter you need it is yours.’

‘The Infamous One’ had been anticipated to combat once more later this yr with UFC legend Anderson Silva, Jorge Masvidal and a rematch with arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov touted as seemingly choices.

Nonetheless, McGregor, who’s estimated to have earned within the area of $100m (£80m) alone from his UFC fights and has a internet price of $110m (£86m), seems to have gone into early retirement.

This isn’t the primary time McGregor has mentioned he’s retiring from the game, having made the announcement in March final yr solely to return lower than 12 months later.

McGregor made his octagon comeback in January, blasting out Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in simply 40 seconds of their welterweight conflict at UFC 246.

The Irishman said he was retiring in March last year only to return to UFC back in January

The Irishman mentioned he was retiring in March final yr solely to return to UFC again in January

UFC star McGregor has earned huge pay days from fighting and is worth around $110m (£86m)

UFC star McGregor has earned enormous pay days from preventing and is price round $110m (£86m)

McGregor made this announcement on Twitter in March last year before making his return

McGregor made this announcement on Twitter in March final yr earlier than making his return

Followers appeared cautious of McGregor’s newest retirement put up, given the Irishman’s earlier hoax again in 2016 as effectively. 

McGregor that point advised he had retired from MMA when he tweeted he ‘determined to retire younger’ a month after shedding to Nate Diaz.

Sunday’s shock announcement – which was met with incredulity by followers and commentators – comes as many had been hoping to see him have a super-fight with Brazilian MMA star Silva.

The previous middleweight champion, who’s extensively thought to be among the finest UFC fighters within the historical past of the game, confirmed his intentions to combat McGregor by calling on Dana White to make a catchweight combat at 80kg occur on Saturday.

His retirement comes amid rumours he could fight UFC legend Anderson Silva (right)

His retirement comes amid rumours he might combat UFC legend Anderson Silva (proper)

Dana White recently cast doubt over McGregor fighting soon due to financial situation

Dana White just lately forged doubt over McGregor preventing quickly on account of monetary scenario


Complete fights – 26

Wins – 22

Wins by knockout – 19

Wins by submission – 1 

Wins by resolution – 2 

Defeats – 4

Defeats by submission – 4

‘I talked about my tremendous combat with Conor, and I am beginning to lower my weight,’ Silva mentioned.

‘And for no excuse and for everyone speaking about, “Oh however Anderson do not take the burden and blah blah blah”.

‘Okay, I begin coaching and I am prepared for that. Conor prepared too. And it is one factor, simply Dana White, I have to make this combat actual. Let’s go see.’

Nonetheless, UFC president White just lately forged doubts over McGregor preventing once more anytime quickly as a result of monetary hardship attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘Until there’s an absolute miracle and the world turns round within the subsequent three months, which I do not see taking place – individuals are loopy proper now over this factor – I do not know [if McGregor will fight],’ he mentioned.

‘I do not know anymore. Since this factor [coronavirus] began, I have been attempting to get forward of it and get forward of it and get forward of it. And each time we thought we bought forward of it, the subsequent day it might change.

‘I am not going to take a seat right here and act like now that it is all beginning to come again, I do know what is going on to occur 30 days from now, as a result of I do not.’

McGregor pictured here with his long-time partner and wife Dee Devlin (right)

McGregor pictured right here together with his long-time companion and spouse Dee Devlin (proper)

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov beat McGregor in a high profile fight in 2018

Light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov beat McGregor in a excessive profile combat in 2018

A rematch against his bitter rival Nurmagomedov had been touted as his next possible fight

A rematch towards his bitter rival Nurmagomedov had been touted as his subsequent potential combat

If McGregor was to stroll away from the game for good, he’ll go down as a UFC icon, having change into the one man to carry two belts in numerous weight divisions concurrently.

He has been preventing underneath the UFC promotion since 2013 and has an general MMA document of 22 wins and 4 defeats.

His two losses in UFC got here towards Nate Diaz in 2016 – although he avenged that one 5 months later – and light-weight champion Nurmagomedov.

McGregor’s rivalry with Nurmagomedov noticed him concerned in quite a few controversial incidents, together with hurling a 5 foot tall metallic sack barrow on the window of a bus stuffed with rival fighters, smashing the window.

McGregor claimed victory in his money-spinning rematch with Nate Diaz back in 2016

McGregor claimed victory in his money-spinning rematch with Nate Diaz again in 2016

He hit the top when he made light work of Eddie Alvarez to become two-weight champion

He hit the highest when he made mild work of Eddie Alvarez to change into two-weight champion

The Irishman made a reported $100m from his  crossover boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather

The Irishman made a reported $100m from his  crossover boxing combat with Floyd Mayweather

He was charged with three counts of assault and one rely of legal mischief for that incident. 

McGregor pleaded responsible to disorderly conduct in a cope with prosecutors to keep away from jail time and was required to do 5 days of group service. 

On October 6 in 2018, he and Nurmagomedov had been concerned in a post-fight brawl for which he and the Russian had been handed prolonged suspensions and enormous fines by the Nevada State Athletic Fee.

Nurmagomedov acquired the heftier punishment receiving a nine-month suspension and a wonderful of $500,000, with McGregor being banned for six months and fined $50,000.

The UFC star has become a multi-millionaire from his illustrious career in mixed martial arts

The UFC star has change into a multi-millionaire from his illustrious profession in blended martial arts

If his retirement is legitimate, he will be remembered as one of the all-time greats of the sport

If his retirement is reliable, he will probably be remembered as one of many all-time greats of the game 

McGregor made an unprecedented swap to boxing for a crossover combat with Floyd Mayweather in a combat that earned him an estimated $100million (£75m) in 2017.

His pinnacle within the UFC  although was reached a yr earlier when he obliterated Eddie Alvarez to change into a two-weight world champion.

Since then he has fought within the UFC simply twice, towards Nurmagomedov and Cerrone. 

Different notable victories in McGregor’s illustrious profession, embody wins over Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo.


February 17, 2007: Conor McGregor makes his MMA debut towards Ciaran Campbell and wins within the first spherical by knockout 

March 9, 2008: McGregor makes his skilled debut and beats Gary Morris within the second spherical

June 28, 2008: The Irishman’s eagerness to construct up his document sees him run earlier than he can stroll as he suffers his first defeat by the hands of Lithuanian submission professional Artemij Sitenkov 

2009: In a shock transfer, McGregor elects to take the complete yr off from skilled competitors as he appears to give attention to his approach 

October 9, 2010: After virtually two years out of the game, McGregor makes a successful return towards Connor Dillon in Chaos Combating Championships 

March 12, 2011: It takes McGregor simply 16 seconds to knockout opponent Mike Wooden and the referee steps in to finish the non-contest  

April 6, 2013: He makes UFC debut towards Marcus Brimage in Sweden on preliminary card for Gegard Mousasi vs Ilir Latifi. The bout was stopped within the first spherical and McGregor gained by knockout 

August 17, 2013: McGregor backs up victory over Brimage by beating Max Holloway, solely to tear his anterior cruciate ligament in the course of the bout and he wanted surgical procedure, preserving him out of motion for as much as 10 months  

January 18, 2015: After beating Dennis Siver, McGregor jumps out of the cage to confront Jose Aldo because the pair had been to go head-to-head in Las Vegas within the Irishman’s first world title shot 

July 11, 2015: Aldo pulled out by means of harm and so McGregor went on to beat Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight belt 

December 12, 2015: Lastly he had the title shot he desired and given Aldo had not misplaced in years, McGregor’s victory after 13 seconds set a brand new document for the quickest UFC knockout in a title bout. The bout generated 1.2m pay-per-view gross sales putting it as second highest in UFC historical past on the time

March 5, 2016: Having reached the height with the world title, McGregor was introduced again all the way down to earth with a submission defeat to Nate Diaz on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 

August 20, 2016: Reeling from the loss, the Irishman swiftly agrees a rematch with Diaz and this time wins the competition by majority resolution 

November 12, 2016: Holding off from a trilogy bout so quickly after gaining revenge on Diaz, McGregor takes on Eddie Alvarez and wins the UFC Light-weight Championship to change into the primary UFC fighter to carry titles in two totally different weight courses on the identical time

August 26, 2017: After taking outing of UFC – seeing him stripped of his featherweight title within the course of on account of inactivity – for the start of his first baby, McGregor’s notoriety noticed him land a boxing contest with Floyd Mayweather. The Irishman misplaced however secured a $100m payday

October 6, 2018: Additional inactivity noticed him stripped of his light-weight title however he made his UFC return in Las Vegas for an eagerly-anticipated conflict towards Khabib Nurmagomedov which he misplaced. The combat descended into chaos with a post-bout brawl and each fighters had been handed suspensions

January 18, 2020: McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the octagon and demolishes Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in simply 40 seconds of their welterweight conflict at UFC 246.

June 7, 2020: McGregor pronounces his shock retirement from preventing on social media