Conor McGregor's retirement announcements are becoming so frequent they should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.
The big-talking Irishman has twice previously said he is calling it quits from the fight game, once in 2016 and also in March last year, which came five months after his UFC 229 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
Such a decision now appears strange given McGregor returned to the Octagon in January with a devastating first-round defeat of Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone and expressed plans to fight three times this year.
The coronavirus pandemic has likely scuppered that scenario but McGregor – who made his declaration on Twitter following UFC 250 – has still been vocal in baiting his rivals.
Still, if we are to take the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion at his word and this really is goodbye to an MMA legend, now is a good opportunity to look back at some of McGregor's most withering put downs of his opponents.
I RUN THIS WHOLE SHIP!
Ahead of his scrap with Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt at UFC 205 in November 2016, McGregor had some choice words for those who felt he received preferential treatment from president Dana White.
"I run this whole thing. I run New York. I run this whole ship. Without me none of this happens. I run this whole s***. Everyone in this game does what they're f****** told except for me and rightly f****** so. If I say you're on the prelims, you're on the f****** prelims. If I say main event, it's the f****** main event."
HIS WIFE AND KIDS WON'T RECOGNISE HIM!
Alvarez himself did not escape McGregor's ire, with the Irishman making some pretty gruesome promises.
"I'm going to toy with this man. I will rearrange his facial structure. His wife and kids won't recognise him again. His friends will know he's not the same after this contest. You're never, ever going to be the same. Your kids are going to beg, 'Daddy, please don't go again!'"
WHO THE F*** IS THAT GUY?!
When McGregor was asked prior to facing Alvarez who his biggest rival is, Jeremy Stephens called out: "Right here, the real hardest-hitting 145-pounder, right here." McGregor replied with a brutally simple six-word put-down.
"Who the f*** is that guy?!"
I'D LIKE TO APOLOGISE…TO ABSOLUTELY NOBODY!
McGregor kept his word to defeat Alvarez and become the first UFC fighter to hold belts in two divisions at the same time. His post-fight interview produced this absolute gem.
"I've ridiculed everyone on the roster, I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, I'd like to take this chance to apologise…to absolutely nobody!"
I CAN MAKE YOU RICH, I'LL CHANGE YOUR BUM LIFE!
Back in September 2015 at a 'Go Big' news conference, McGregor launched one of his most famous tirades. Replying to comments from Rafael dos Anjos, who was promoting a fight with Cerrone, he bragged about the attention he brings to UFC.
"I can make you rich. I'll change your bum life. You fight me, it's a celebration. When you sign to fight me, it's a celebration. You ring back home, you ring your wife, 'Baby, we've done it. We're rich baby. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties.'”
YOU'RE STIFF AS A BOARD!
At the same media event, McGregor replied to Cerrone's assertion he could not cut it at 155lbs.
"You're too slow and you're too stiff. You're stiff as a board and I'd snap you in half, and that's it. I see stiffness when I look in the 155-pound division...slow, stiff, I feel like they're stuck in the mud almost. Yee-haw!"
I COULD BUY AND SELL YOU A HUNDRED TIMES OVER
The bad blood between McGregor and Nate Diaz drew some of the most heated comments from the Irishman.
"My socks are worth more than the suit you had on, you little bum. You're a broke b****. I could buy and sell you a hundred times over."
THE KING IS BACK!
After avenging his loss to Diaz by winning the rematch at UFC 202, McGregor had a simple message for his detractors.
"Surprise, surprise, motherf******! The king is back!”
I NEED TO FEED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU IN THE GAME
McGregor was named Fighter of the Year for 2015. He was typically…let's say gracious...with his speech when accepting the award.
"I need to feed all you bums. I need to feed every single one of you in the game so I've got to keep working. Because you bums don't work."
KHABIB YOU ABSOLUTE EMBARRASSMENT!
Only last month, McGregor was calling out his lightweight rivals on social media with a brutal rant. Justin Gaethje, who sensationally defeated Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, and Khabib were his targets.
"Justin, there is no danger in a man that hugs legs, we all know. Try and dance around what the real threat is here all you want. I am going to f****** butcher you. Your teeth. I'm going to put them on a f****** necklace. Speak on my skills as a father? You are f****** dead."
"Khabib you absolute embarrassment. Scurrying, hiding rat as usual. As I have said many times. As has been seen many times."