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Conor McGregor has admitted that MMA "does not excite me" and he has become "bored" of the sport as he opened up about the reasons behind his UFC retirement.
The 31-year-old Irish UFC superstar made a bombshell announcement in the early hours of Sunday morning as he claimed that he had retired from fighting.
McGregor had made his long-awaited UFC return in January with a stunning first-round victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
And the 'Notorious' has been vocal about his desire to avenge his 2018 defeat to fierce rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Speaking to ESPN, McGregor believes that the fight between Khabib and interim UFC lightweight champ Justin Gaethje won't happen in September.
And the future UFC Hall of Famer believes that the MMA promotion should have booked himself against Gaethje for the interim strap first.
"The game just does not excite me, and that's that," he said.
"All this waiting around. There's nothing happening. I'm going through opponent options, and there's nothing really there at the minute. There's nothing that's exciting me.
"They should have just kept the ball rolling. I mean, why are they pushing [Khabib vs Gaethje] back to September?
"You know what's going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that's not going to happen. I laid out a plan and a method that was the right move, the right methods to go with.
"And they always want to baulk at that and not make it happen or just drag it on. Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power. They should have just done the fight -- me and Justin for the interim title -- and just kept the ball rolling."
According to ESPN, McGregor had written a draft of his retirement tweet 'two weeks ago.'
The Irishman, who reportedly wanted three fights in 2020, claimed that there is no 'buzz for him' about MMA and he has become "bored of the game."
McGregor explained: "I'm a bit bored of the game. I'm here watching the fight. I watched the last show -- the Woodley-Burns show -- I watched the show tonight.
"I'm just not excited about the game, Ariel. I don't know if it's no crowd. I don't know what it is. There's just no buzz for me."
Gaethje, who has had a heated rivalry with McGregor in recent months, immediately hit out at the 'Notorious' over his retirement post.
UFC president Dana White also had his say on McGregor's shock retirement during his press conference at UFC 250.
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