In March of 2016, Conor McGregor retired in a dispute over traveling to a news conference for the Nate Diaz rematch; he returned and won. In April of 2019, "The Notorious" retired again, but returned in January, beating "Cowboy" Cerrone in 40 seconds, and announced he wanted two more fights in 2020. Then the novel coronavirus derailed that plan. And during the UFC 250 broadcast, McGregor retired again.
During a recent video live chat, McGregor's coach John Kavanagh was asked if his fighter was really retired.
A subsequent question expressed the belief that only Kavanagh could convince Conor to return.
“I can’t convince Conor to do s***,” explained the coach. “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.”