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The 31-year-old Irishman shocked MMA fans around the world last week by announcing his third retirement in the space of four years.
But John Kavanagh has now dropped a cryptic hint on Twitter that McGregor's retirement could be short-lived.
McGregor's head trainer pointed out that Jordan retired from basketball in 1993 before making his sensational return to the sport two years later.
"At age 31 Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the 1993-94 NBA season, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995-96 NBA season," Kavanagh tweeted.
Some eagle-eyed fans immediately connected the dots between 'MJ' and McGregor's retirement ages.
One fan tweeted: "Is that a Conor McGregor comeback hint coach?"
While another asked: "Is Conor the MJ of MMA?"
A third said: "I see what you are doing here, John."
And a fourth fan added: "Lots of exciting MMA and boxing matches left in him."
Jordan announced his initial retirement from basketball in October 1993, only three months after his father was tragically murdered.
The 57-year-old ex-Chicago Bulls superstar cited one of the reasons for leaving the sport was due to his lack of desire in playing basketball.
McGregor ended his two-year MMA hiatus in January when he secured a sensational first-round victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
But the 'Notorious' admitted in a recent interview that MMA "does not excite me" and he has become "bored" of the sport.
Former UFC star Ben Askren has suggested that McGregor is cunningly using his retirement as part of a plan to set up a clash with Justin Gaethje on Fight Island.
Meanwhile, Joe Rogan believes that McGregor attempted to 'hijack' UFC 250 with the news of his sudden MMA retirement.
Featured Image Credit: PA/John Kavanagh
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