McGregor announced his retirement once before, in 2016.
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Conor McGregor's announcement that he is to retire from mixed martial arts sent shockwaves around the sporting world Tuesday, but in a sport that seldom plays by normal rules it could mean his comeback is closer than ever.It was the second time that McGregor had announced on Twitter that he was leaving the sport.McGregor's management did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday, but UFC President Dana White said he understood McGregor's decision given his wealth and the commercial success of his whiskey brand.McGregor has not fought since a fourth-round lightweight title fight loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 that sparked an ugly post-fight brawl and led to a fine and a six-month ban.Outclassed in that bout, McGregor has distanced himself from his coach, John Kavanagh, and needs a fight or two to re-establish himself as a title contender.
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