Conor McGregor Announces Retirement From The Sport Formally Known As “Mixed Martial Art”

Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from the UFC. 

The Irish sports star hasn’t fought since October last year, when he lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

He was suspended for six months following that fight after getting caught up in brawls in the crowd, and though there were talks of a rematch, it seems McGregor has officially slashed any chance of that happening by announcing he’s stepping away from the ring for good.

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He shared the shocking news in an early morning tweet this morning (March 26), writing:

Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.

I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.

I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.

Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!

The 30-year-old appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show hours before his announcement, where he suggested he ‘didn’t need’ to fight again as he was ‘set for life’.

However, the boxer also spoke about going up against Donald Corrone in the summer, saying he was ‘eager’ to fight again; a comment which made the announcement of his retirement comes as even more of a surprise.

He told the host:

We’re in talks for July. There’s a lot of politics going on, it’s a mad game, the fight game

To my fans, I am in shape and I am ready. There are many opponents, in reality I can pick who I please.

I don’t necessarily need to fight. I am set for life, my family is set for life.

We are good, but I am eager to fight. We will see what happens, but I am just staying ready.

McGregor has been spending more time promoting his whiskey brand Proper No.12 recently, and UFC president Dana White shared a statement on Twitter explaining the alcohol was sure to be a good fallback for the MMA fighter.

He wrote:

He has the money to retire and his whiskey is KILLIN [sic] it. It totally makes sense.

If I was him i would retire too.

White continued:

He’s retiring from fighting. Not from working. The Whiskey will keep him busy and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on.

He has accomplished incredible things in this sport.

Although White’s comments suggest the announcement is real, this isn’t the first time McGregor has ‘retired’ from UFC.

In 2016, he wrote on Twitter:

I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.

McGregor took a two-year hiatus, but returned to the Octagon to fight Nurmagomedov.

Only time will tell if this retirement is for good!

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