In a tweet posted, Conor McGregor announced his retirement and wished his old colleagues well. Before making his announcement on Twitter, he had appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show and said that he was eager to fight again and mentioned that he did not need to. “I am set for life, my family is set for life,” he said.
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!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
In his last fight in October, the Irishman lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 and had not fought since. The fight ended with brawls spreading into the crowd and both the fighters were banned for a period. McGregor was given a six-month suspension with a fine of $50,000, while his opponent was given a nine-month suspension with a fine of $500,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
McGregor, whose nickname is “Notorious”, is ranked 8th on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pound-for-pound list. With a 21-4-0 record and UFC belts in two divisions, he announced his leave from his career. According to the UFC president Dana White, it “makes sense” that the 30-year-old retires at this point considering he has other successful business ventures. “He has been so fun to watch … He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it”, she said.
The Irish superstar is also one of the most controversial stars in the UFC. He avoided jail over his involvement in a melee after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Before last year’s Nurmagomedov fight.
In a tweet in 2016, he had mentioned about his retirement but still continued with his career, raising doubts about his new development.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
F mayweather said same thing
— Taddison821@gmail.com (@taddison821) March 26, 2019
White says he looks forward to McGregor's successes outside the Octagon. pic.twitter.com/nhyyqK7yA7
— Kurt Chirbas (@kchirbas) March 26, 2019
After all, we have seen him do this before.
— Caden Helmers (@cadenhelmers) March 26, 2019
Conor said Mixed Martial Art…he never said Mixed Martial ARTS ^_^ pic.twitter.com/QsEvH76CJI
— Adam Freeman (@vertigoink) March 26, 2019