Conor McGregor hints at return two weeks after MMA retirement: See you in the Octagon

first_img Reuters New DelhiApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 14:39 IST A previous retirement announced by Conor McGregor in 2016 had lasted a matter of days (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSConor McGregor had tweeted on March 25, confirming his retirement from Mixed Marital ArtsMcGregor is said to need a fight or two to re-establish himself as a title contenderMcGregor has a 21-4 record in Mixed Martials ArtsConor McGregor has hinted his “retirement” from mixed martial arts may be over already after the Irishman said in a post on Twitter: ” … see you in the Octagon”.”I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds,” he tweeted.”All faiths challenge us to be our best selves. It is one world and one for all. Now see you in the Octagon.”I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds.All faiths challenge us to be our best selves.It is one world and one for allNow see you in the Octagon.Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 4, 2019Two weeks ago, the twice Ultimate Fighting Championship title-holder sent shockwaves around the sporting world by saying he was retiring on Twitter.The announcement drew plenty of scepticism, given it came only hours after McGregor told an American TV chat show that he was in negotiations for a fight in July.Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as Mixed Martial Art today.I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019A previous “retirement” announced by McGregor in 2016 lasted a matter of days.The conciliatory tone of McGregor’s tweet was at odds with an earlier string of abusive posts targeting Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Dargin who beat him in a fourth-round lightweight title fight in October.advertisementMcGregor has made no secret of his desire for a re-match.”Don’t be scared of the rematch you little scurrying rat. You will do what you are told like you always do,” he tweeted on Wednesday.McGregor also tweeted – then deleted – a number of derogatory posts about Nurmagomedov’s wife.Nurmagomedov also returned fire, calling McGregor a “rapist” on Twitter.UFC President Dana White said in a statement that the online exchanges had become “unacceptable” and that he was reaching out to both camps to defuse the tension.Neither McGregor nor Nurmagomedov have had another fight since, with both serving suspensions for an ugly brawl that erupted after their match in Las Vegas.Boasting massive global recognition, McGregor wields considerable negotiating power over the UFC and pundits have speculated his retirement announcement was merely a ploy in a long battle to secure an ownership stake in the popular cage-fighting series.”He’s stuck on this thing where he wants a piece of the ownership and if you look at basketball, Michael Jordan didn’t own a piece of the league,” White told 8 News Now, a Las Vegas broadcaster, this week.”I think there’s other ways that we can make him happy.”American media have also speculated McGregor is in dispute with White over his ability to headline a card with no title on the line.McGregor is said to need a fight or two to re-establish himself as a title contender to burnish his reputation and reinforce his clout as a pay-per-view draw.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Conor McGregorFollow Mixed Martial ArtsFollow UFCFollow Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipFollow Conor McGregor retirement Conor McGregor hints at return two weeks after MMA retirement: See you in the OctagonTwo weeks ago, the twice Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title-holder, Conor McGregor, sent shockwaves around the sporting world by saying he was retiring on Twitter.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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UNHCR distributes winter relief items to Hasansham camp in Iraq in November 2016. UNHCR/Bathoul Ahmed Khazer N-1 IDP camp for internally displaced people from Mosul. UNHCR/Jordi Matas ‹ › “I burn plastic and cardboard in order to get some warmth during the winter. We barely survive here,” said a 70-year-old Aisha, who lives in an unfinished building converted into a shelter for internally displaced people in hard-to-reach Qudsaya, a mountain town a few kilometres from Damascus in Syria. She is among millions of people affected by the wars in Syria and Iraq, who lost their homes, and are terrified by the upcoming winter months. “Overall, assistance is increasingly moving towards cash, which offers flexibility and independence to recipients. Regionally, half of displaced Syrians being targeted, or 1.6 million people, will receive some form of cash assistance. For displaced Iraqis, 75 per cent will benefit from cash payments,” stated Mr. Saltmarsh, adding that the distribution of winter items is underway, including clothing, blankets, heating fuel, insulation materials and other basics. With winter approaching and temperatures falling, the United Nations refugee agency is preparing to open more camps and increase life-saving assistance to support the nearly 15 million people displaced by fighting in Iraq and Syria.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that the existing camps in Iraq are rapidly filling up, and it might become a struggle to find new sites and accommodate more people. UNHCR currently has six camps open – in Erbil, Duhok, Kirkuk and Salah Al-din governorates. The camps in Erbil and Duhok alone host more than 47,485 displaced Iraqis, or 68 per cent of the almost 70,000 Iraqis who have fled Mosul since a military offensive began on October 17. The numbers fleeing the city have been stable in recent days, but could climb again if clashes in the city intensify and safe routes out emerge.According to UNHCR spokesperson, Matthew Saltmarsh, UNHCR is working very hard to find shelter solutions and provide enough assistance to assist displaced Iraqis, with a plan to reach 1.2 million people in the next few months. UNHCR has launched a ‘Winter Assistance Plan’ for 2016-2017 to raise money for accommodation of displaced people and refugees in countries like Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. But the $355 million plan has been only partially funded. The winter assistance in Syria has already reached 800,000 people, with a budget of $30 million. Iraq’s Al Alam Camp for internally displaced people. UNHCR/Nasreddine Touaibia Internally displaced Iraqis flee fighting in Mosul. UNHCR/Ivor Prickett read more