The UFC fans were left stunned back in April when Conor McGregor suddenly announced his retirement on social media, leaving the organisation changing the main card on numerous occasions.
This resulted in the rematch with Nate Diaz being rearranged, after deciding to make a return knowing he could be stripped of his featherweight championship.
ALVAREZ VS. MCGREGOR
The Irishman has now secured himself a lightweight title match with Eddie Alvarez for UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden next month, and has the chance to hold two titles simultaneously, becoming the first man in the company to do so.
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Last week UFC president Dana White revealed that following his fight with Alvarez, McGregor has a huge ‘left-field’ announcement to make and it isn't for White to say, and that’s left fans speculating as to what it could be.
Some days we hear it’s a third fight with Diaz, then a rematch with Aldo and even a super-fight with Georges St-Pierre has been reportedly discussed.
However, SmackHisFace.com are reporting that McGregor will be announcing his retirement from MMA, regardless of the result on November 12 in New York City.
According to their report, they’re claiming that McGregor’s teammates at SBG Ireland have stated that stress of press conferences, training, media and training obligations as well as fighting have put a strain on his relationships back home.
As a result of this, he’ll be walking away from the Octagon for a significant amount of time to get his life in order, which means he may come back despite his coach John Kavanagh stating multiple times that Notorious only plans to stick around for two or three more years.
He already has made moves outside of the MMA world; he'll be appearing in the new Call of Duty video game, and his phone will surely be ringing non-stop for other potential opportunities.
While it was revealed that McGregor would have to relinquish one championship title if he wins at UFC 205, it looks as if he may be giving up both if he does announce he’s to step away.
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