Conor McGregor announced earlier this month that was retired, and his coach doesn’t have any reason to think that’s untrue.
In a recent video live chat (recorded by YouTube user MMA World), John Kavanagh was asked about the former UFC dual champion allegedly walking away from mixed martial arts.
“Is Conor retired?” Kavanagh said. “Yes, he is as far as I can tell. That’s what he said, isn’t it?”
A follow-up comment suggested that Kavanagh is the only person who could convince McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) to fight again. Kavanagh, the SBG Ireland head coach, laughed at that notion and disagreed.
“I can’t convince Conor to do sh*t,” Kavanagh said. “Conor will tell Conor what he’s gonna do. And who knows? Who knows what’s gonna happen in the future. But, as for now, he’s retired.”
McGregor most recently competed at UFC 246 in January against former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone. After 15 months away from the cage, McGregor made a triumphant return, finishing Cerrone with strikes just 40 seconds into Round 1.
The victory put McGregor back in the win column after a UFC 229 title fight loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
Four months later, on June 6, at the conclusion of UFC 250, McGregor tweeted that he was stepping away from MMA. It wasn’t the first time McGregor had suddenly retired on social media. Both previous retirements proved to be short-lived or simply non-existent.