Conor McGregor announces his retirement from MMA
Conor McGregor is one of the biggest names (if not the biggest name) in the UFC. His fighting ability makes headlines, sure, but what has fans obsessed with him is the outlandish way in which he operates. If McGregor has something to say, you'll know about it, and he'll make sure to announce it in a larger-than-life way.
This usually means trash-talking the competition, or announcing the contenders he'd like to take on in the future, but not this time. In a tweet published early this morning, McGregor announced he's retiring from Mixed Martial Arts. He wrote:
"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!"
McGregor's announcement comes just weeks after he was arrested and charged in Miami for destroying a fan's '$1000' cell phone:
Along with shock, there was a lot of scepticism in McGregor's fanbase. The news came so suddenly, amidst several promised matches and rematches, so there are a lot of people out there who just aren't buying it.
Many are thinking that he could be following a similar career path to his former opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr., who still comes out of retirement for a fight when the money looks good enough.
There's always the chance he heads to WWE just like Rhonda Rousey did. Wouldn't that be something...
Either way, UFC president Dana White is likely a little worried over using one of the sport's most profitable sportsmen.
This isn't even the first time Conor has teased his retirement. I have decided to retire young," he wrote back in 2016. "Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later."
On top of that, he''s been talking up a number of fights as of late - which is why his fans were so surprised by this sudden turn of events. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon recently, he spoke about a potential fight in the summer:
"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."
Another spanner in the works is that many were expecting McGregor and Nate Diaz rematch, after their previous two fights brought them to an even score.
Just last week McGregor said "I owe him the trilogy now and the trilogy will happen," so it's hard to imagine he'd stay away from the sport entirely. While the retirement may be true, it sounds like we'll see him enter the octagon again soon.