In a shocking and unexpected twist, MMA fighter Conor McGregor announced his retirement over twitter in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
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
This isn’t the first time McGregor has taken to Twitter to announce a surprising end to his career. In April 2016, McGregor also tweeted his retirement, weeks after losing to Nate Diaz in UFC 196. He was back in the Octagon four months later, beating Diaz in UFC 202. “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”
McGregor’s last fight was back in October when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov. It was a controversial fight as McGregor and members of his team attacked the bus carrying Nurmagomedov and other UFC fighters prior to the card. The a melee broke out after the fourth-round submission loss, which included Nurmagomedov leaping out of the Octagon to attack McGregor’s training partner, as well as a brawl inside the cage featuring members of both fighters’ teams. Both men were fined for the incident and McGregor was suspended six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his involvement, while Khabib received a nine-month ban. McGregor was also arrested earlier this month after allegedly smashing a fan’s phone outside a hotel in Miami.
On Monday, hours before he announced his retirement, McGregor was on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and didn’t indicate that he had any plans to retire, in fact he spoke about a potential upcoming fight.
“We’re in talks for July,” McGregor said, as relayed by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “We’ll see what happens, a lot of politics going on. The fight game is a mad game. But like I said, to my fans, I am in shape and I am ready.
“I have done my piece for the company. 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. So, we’ll see what happens. I’m staying ready.”
If this is indeed the end of McGregor’s MMA career, he retires as both a former UFC lightweight champion and former UFC featherweight champion with a record of 21-4.