Conor McGregor, a former UFC champion, sought attention yesterday. Or was that looking for a date?
The 22-6 star decided to provide a hint to MMA fans that he would be leaving the cage for good and moving to Hollywood after boasting about his little part in the Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted Road House revival.
I’ll always remember you, mama! Easy job, the Irishman wrote. Few were serious about the announcement. McGregor has repeatedly asserted that he is retiring. Many watchers also thought that McGregor’s claim that it was “simple work” was strange given that he has struggled to win since his victory over Eddie Alvarez in 2016 and is currently 1-4 in MMA and boxing.
Few people were surprised when McGregor later declared he was not genuinely quitting MMA. McGregor declared, “I’ll be back!” in a move that appeared to be an attempt to capitalize on some old pictures with actor Arnold Schwazenegger.
I must come back,” said McGregor, attaching pictures of himself in a cast as a result of his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021.
Since that bout, McGregor has been sidelined. However, it appears likely that McGregor will return to the cage later this year once he has fully recovered.
Many of the rivals he was allegedly going to face in his comeback bout, though, have now moved on to other possibilities.
To take against Poirier, Michael Chandler has been scheduled. After satisfying his contractual duty to take on Khamzat Chimaev, Nate Diaz appears set to depart from the UFC. The vacant UFC lightweight championship matchup between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev has also been accepted.
Tony Ferguson and Jose Masvidal are the two fighters who have made noise about a prospective meeting with Notorious.
Following a stunning TKO loss to The Diamond, McGregor suffered a devastating setback to Poirier last time out. A year had passed since he defeated Donald Cerrone before suffering those two defeats.
Before Cerrone’s victory, McGregor’s last UFC outing was a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.