March 5, 2016 was marked as a historic day for mixed martial arts. That night, in MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and before almost fifteen thousand people, the reign of the invincible Irishman Conor McGregor knew the flavor of defeat . Its winner was the American Nate Diaz who in just thirteen days prepared for a very difficult fight. That yes: it did it in its weight, welter and not in the range of feather-light in which McGregor fought. Diaz beat him in just two rounds .
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA)
April 19, 2016
That night also began a story that would repeat itself in recent years: that of McGregor, one of the most popular and magnetic fighters of all time, and his flirtations with the idea of retiring . Despite signing the chance of a rematch with Diaz, just a month after the defeat the Irishman announced via Twitter that he had "decided to retire young." Finally, after a round trip that included the postponement of the event, on August 20, 2016 McGregor beat Diaz on points.
From then on, McGregor's relationship with the sport that saw him jump to stardom would be complicated. After winning the lightweight title to Eddie Alvarez in September and becoming the first champion in two different categories the The UFC decided to remove the belt from his pens for inactivity and the Irishman responded by dedicating most of the year following the birth of his first son and the publicized display with Floyd Mayweather who lost on points on August 26, 2017 .