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Conor McGregor Retires Again, But For How Long?

Once again, Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts at the relatively young age of 30, but how long will he keep away from the sport this time?

Retirement announced

Last week, the UFC superstar announced his retirement from the sport, saying he’s “decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’,” and claims “he’s already in retirement.” If that’s so, he ends his career with 21 wins and four losses. His last match was versus his biggest rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and lost 21-4-0.

How long will this retirement be?

Coming out of retirement in sports is, of course, dependent on the phase of a sportsman’s career. For instance, 2016 saw the legendary Lionel Messi frustratingly announce his retirement, following their tragic loss to Chile in the 2016 La Copa America Final. Whereas, Michael Jordan came out of retirement thrice during his NBA era, to get time off out of the public eye. But when it comes to Conor McGregor, who’s announced his retirement for the second time, could there be a financial or a secretive motive behind it? We suppose there might be.

Conor McGregor calls out Mark Wahlberg for a fight

Sounds odd, right? Well, there’s some history behind Mark Wahlberg and the 30-year-old martial artist. In 2016, UFC was sold to entertainment company Endeavour and they gave 20 A-list celebrities the chance to purchase a stake in the UFC, and one of them was Wahlberg. Whereas, UFC President Dana White denied giving Conor McGregor a share, to which, Wahlberg was willing to “cut the check” and give McGregor a piece of his share, claiming he deserves it being the face of UFC. Three years later, McGregor calls for a fight with the Hollywood hunk, “for all the shares.”