STOCKHOLM — Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has introduced on Twitter that he’s retiring from the game for the third time, citing a scarcity of thrilling choices as the explanation behind his determination to stop.

“Hey guys I’ve determined to retire from combating. Thanks all for the superb reminiscences! What a journey it’s been!” the 31-year-old Irishman stated, including an image of him and his mom and promising to purchase her a dream residence.

“The sport simply doesn’t excite me, and that’s that,” McGregor advised ESPN on Sunday.

“All this ready round. There’s nothing taking place. I’m going by means of opponent choices, and there’s nothing actually there on the minute. There’s nothing that’s thrilling me.”

McGregor, who knocked out Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds on his return to the octagon again in January, had hoped to battle twice extra in 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic and a scarcity of fascinating opponents appears to have put paid to that.

McGregor had been linked by the media to quite a few fights, together with a match-up towards Brazilian nice Anderson Silva, however the Irishman hinted that the UFC was not ready to fulfill his value for such a bout.

“When the Anderson one got here alongside, I used to be like, yeah, that’s a mad battle. After which everybody stated he’s previous and over the hill,” McGregor defined.

“I used to be like, what? Preventing a former mild heavyweight and the middleweight GOAT (biggest of all time), and the precise GOAT in my eyes – that’s not a rewardable battle?”

January 18, 2020: Conor McGregor in motion towards Donald Cerrone.

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UFC president Dana White, who has confronted calls for from different fighters together with light-heavyweight icon Jon Jones and welterweight crowd-pleaser Jorge Masvidal to be paid extra money for his or her fights, appeared to take McGregor’s retirement severely.

“No person is pressuring anyone to battle. And if Conor McGregor feels he needs to retire, you already know my emotions about retirement – it’s best to completely do it,” he advised a media convention following Saturday’s UFC 250 occasion in Las Vegas.

The previous UFC featherweight and light-weight champion first stop the game in April 2016. In March 2019, he once more introduced he was hanging up his gloves, however on each events the retirements have been short-lived.

As soon as once more, McGregor is leaving the door open for a return sooner or later.

“We’ll see what the longer term holds. However for proper now, for the fast future, 2020, all the most effective to it.”

— Reporting by Philip O’Connor Modifying by Robert Birsel and Toby Davis