Conor McGregor — only a few hours after publicly stating he was negotiating to an expected UFC return in July — took to Twitter to suddenly announce his retirement. 

As you can imagine, the surprise announcement caught everybody off guard, but also raised quite a few eyebrows. This isn’t the very first time McGregor has announced his retirement. When he did it , he ended up fighting twice in a yearlong interval. He defeated Nate Diaz in UFC 202 in August 2016 and Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 in October 2016. 

Together with McGregor having recently been negotiating his upcoming struggle, ditching an expected bout with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if his retirement tweet was anything greater than a negotiating ploy or a attempt to drum up care in front of a struggle announcement. 

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Could it be real? Does it stick? Who knows? However, it surely elicited an epic answer on Twitter!

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