Conor McGregor has had an illustrious MMA career in the UFC. He has been a champion in both the featherweight and lightweight divisions of the UFC, boasting a staggering 22 wins out of the 26 bouts he has entered. Nicknamed the ‘Notorious’, this Irishman has been known for his charismatic presence in the ring and brutal techniques.
McGregor and his return to the ring:
McGregor has been no stranger to taking breaks from the ring in the past. In 2017 he took a break in order to make time for his expected child. Then in 2019, he declared that he would be retiring only to come back again. Hence fans and followers have developed a habit of taking the news with a pinch of salt, whenever he broaches the subject of retirement.
2020 began well for McGregor. On 18th January he faced Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. He won this match by virtue of a technical knockout. This particular victory handed him a special achievement. Thereby, McGregor became the first and one of the most special UFC fighters to have braced the cage and subsequently earned knockout victories in welterweight, lightweight and featherweight divisions.
Surprisingly, following this, on the 6th of June, he stated that he is finally leaving the cage for good.
Or is he?
Soon after this announcement, UFC superstar Khamzat Chimaev tweeted, addressing the UFC president Dana White, saying that he feels bored and he wants to take on Nate Diaz, Gamebred Masvidal and McGregor all in the same night.
This July, the 26 years old Chimaev entered the MMA scene with two big wins on ‘Fight Island’. Till now he is undefeated and understandably boiling with confidence.
Following his provoking tweet, ‘The Notorious’ responded saying that he accepts the challenge, with Chimaev chipping back asking him to beg him.
There has been a long-standing beef between the two, with Chimaev even having gone to Ireland, trying to hunt down McGregor, following the altercation with Khabib; only to be stopped and detained by the authorities.
Although, it is still unclear exactly who is prompting Conor’s return from retirement.
For one, the boxing legend Mike Tyson has been heard claiming that he could beat McGregor.
Floyd Mayweather has also tugged on McGregor’s beard, mocking his desire to beat the best.
There was a match scheduled with current top lightweight contender Justin Gaethje, also McGregor himself had expressed interest in fighting Nate Diaz and the MMA legend Anderson Silva, prior to the abrupt declaration of retirement.
When confronted about these developments, Dana White has responded to TMZ saying that he doesn’t know for sure, but it’s a possibility.
Whatever may be the reason(s) it seems the Notorious is not one to be taken out of the game any time soon.