CONOR McGREGOR has already hinted he could be ready to come out of UFC retirement.
The Irishman, who turned 32 yesterday, retired for the third time in four years after announcing his decision in May.
Despite scepticism, UFC president Dana White and McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh have backed up the retirement claims.
But the Dublin southpaw appears to now be at least teasing a change of mind.
He posted a picture with the caption: "Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone yous know the drill, Stay Ready."
McGregor decided to retire while he was unable to fight amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone yous know the drill, Stay Ready ❤️
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He was left frustrated without having a confirmed next opponent and was further angered as Justin Gaethje leapfrogged him in the lightweight title picture.
Gaethje, who won the interim belt in May, is in line to unify against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
And McGregor, despite being told he could face the winner, fears his shot at the belt would be further backdated, causing him to quit.
White revealed in the months since McGregor's retirement tweet he has had no communications with him – but did wish the superstar all the best on his big day.
He said: "Nope, none. Happy birthday, Conor."
White had said before Jorge Masvidal headlined UFC 251 on Fight Island against Kamaru Usman that McGregor reversing his retirement was not out of the picture.
He explained: "As of right now, he's retired.
"I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out and wanted to fight somebody next year after all these different fights play out."
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