For sure, Conor McGregor is gone from the octagon.
Or is he? That’s what’s great and often surprising about McGregor. You really never be certain what’s coming next from him. All you do know is that something will be coming soon, and it’s right around the corner, waiting to pounce and once more put The Notorious One front and center in the news cycle yet again.
Arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history, and without a doubt the most recognizable face in the history of mixed martial arts, McGregor never stops making news, even if it looks as though he’s stopped making matches to step into the cage and fight again.
Just consider the past week. McGregor excitedly tweeted the good news that two young Irish girls who were lost at sea off the Galway Coast and feared dead while out paddleboarding had been found safe and sound.
“Great news that these Irish paddle boarders are now safe after 16 hours at sea,” McGregor posted on his Twitter feed @TheNotoriousMMA. “Over 300,000 drowning deaths occur worldwide. A crazy statistic! I am committed to helping improve water safety.”
Through his whiskey brand Proper No. 12, McGregor has managed to raise funds and donate to worthy social causes in his native Ireland. He’s donated to first responders and to other coronavirus-fighting organizations.
McGregor also posted the news that he’s now engaged to his girlfriend Dee Devlin.
However, McGregor isn’t known as The Notorious One because he shies away from voicing his opinions. He isn’t the least bit concerened about taking stands or taking on an opponent. Some of the Twitter wars involving McGregor are the stuff of legend.
Let’s look back on a sampling of McGregor’s most remembered posts.
I’m No.1 . . . Well, I Will Be
Earlier this year, McGregor offered his opinion on who is the GOAT (Greatest of all time) in UFC history.
“GOAT THREAD,” he began his tweet.
“The array of finishes, across 2 divisions, with champion status in 1, Anderson Silva is No.1 MMA GOAT.
“My array of finishes, across 3 divisions, with champion status in 2, I’m No.2. If not tied 1.
“However still active, No.1 is fully secured by career end. And easily.”
This post immediately caught the attention of MMA fans because McGregor, who is supposedly retired, described himself as “still active.”
It renewed their hope that The Notorious One will someday be back in the cage.
Canadians own a reputation as some of the nicest and most polite folks walking the planet but even the land of please and thank you was able to incur the ire of Ireland’s No. 1 scrapper.
During a 2013 visit to Canada, it appears that The Notorious One had a rough go of it.
“So far in 24hrs, Canada has stolen my suitcase and ripped my wisdom tooth out, but i still love the place, the bums even sing you nice songs,” McGregor suggested of Canadians.
Having spent some time around the NHL’s Boston Bruins, McGregor probably more readily understands how easily and willingly Canadians are to sacrifice their teeth for sport.
A Total Heel Move
Conor McGregor trash talked WWE wrestlers. Photo by Andrius Petrucenia (flickr).
McGregor stepped in the ring with world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017 and had his proverbial hat handed to him by the Money man. However, McGregor would appear to think he’d find no issue with taking down the likes of Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, AJ Styles, or anyone among the stable of WWE wrestlers.
“I didn’t mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans,” McGregor posted. Then he proceeded to disrespect all of professional wrestling. “What I meant to say was that I’d slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sundays.”
In 2019, singer Justin Bieber announced via Twitter that he’d like to fight actor Tom Cruise. McGregor immediately stepped up to play the role of matchmaker.
“If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout,” McGregor tweeted. “Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies?
“Stay tuned to find out.”
The fight never sprouted roots, so evidently, McGregor got his answer.