“Mma, I’ll never forget you! Easy work,” wrote the Irishman. Few took the announcement seriously. McGregor has claimed to have retired on multiple occasions. Many onlookers also noted that ‘easy work’ was an odd statement, given that McGregor has found it difficult to get in the win column over the last few years — going 1-4 in MMA and boxing since his 2016 win over Eddie Alvarez.
To the surprise of very few people, McGregor then announced he was not actually leaving the sport of MMA. In a move seemed designed to utilize some old photos with actor Arnold Schwazenegger, McGregor announced “I’ll be back!”
I’ll be back! For the sake of humankind! I must return! ♂️ Happy birthday my man, @Schwarzenegger! Hope you and H are proud of my recovery / work and my latest move on the board. Fun times ahead, bring it ❤️ pic.twitter.com/v7z2Fppn9K
Michael Chandler has been booked to face Poirier. Nate Diaz seems destined to leave the UFC after fulfilling his contractual obligation to face Khamzat Chimaev. And Charles Oliveira has accepted a fight with Islam Makhachev for the vacant UFC lightweight belt.