LOS ANGELES (AP) — UFC movie star Conor McGregor introduced his retirement on social media Monday night, unexpectedly finishing his first preventing profession. In a summit on his proven Twitter account, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion said: “I’ve determined to retire from the sport officially known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ nowadays.” The publish desires his “vintage colleagues properly going forward in opposition,” and says he would “be part of my former partners in this challenge, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!” The name of the drink in the publish appears to be a reference to Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, the loquacious Irishman’s burgeoning liquor project. UFC President Dana White stated in a textual content message to The Associated Press that McGregor’s announcement “completely makes sense.” “He has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN it,” White added. “If I became him, I might retire too. He’s retiring from combating. Not from operating. The Whiskey will maintain him busy, and I’m positive he has other matters he’s operating on. He has been so fun to look at!!! He has accomplished amazing matters on this sport. I am so happy for him, and I stay up for seeing him be as successful outdoor of the octagon as he changed into in it.” The 30-year-vintage McGregor is the most well-known fighter in his sport, but he hasn’t received combat given that November 2016, when he beat Eddie Alvarez to end up the first UFC fighter to maintain championship belts in two divisions concurrently.
His only combat in 2017 changed into a loss to boxer Floyd Mayweather within the richest fight in boxing records. He eventually back to the UFC cage closing October, however, lost a lightweight identify combat to Khabib Nurmagomedov thru submission inside the fourth spherical. McGregor changed into extensively anticipated to combat for the UFC later this year. A few hours earlier than he announced his retirement, McGregor regarded on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in New York and claimed he turned into negotiating for probable combat in July at UFC 239 in Las Vegas. “I don’t necessarily need to fight,” McGregor said on display. “I am set for life. My circle of relatives is set for existence. We are accurate. However, I am eager to combat, so we’ll see what takes place.”
McGregor has stopped his sport before. He announced his retirement on Twitter in April 2016 in the course of a dispute with the UFC approximately the promoting of his next proposed bout. He reversed his selection days later and fought in August 2016, triumphing his rematch with Nate Diaz. White believes this retirement is actual, and McGregor has had lots of action outside of the cage to occupy his time. In April 2018, McGregor was charged with assault and crook mischief after he attacked a bus carrying UFC opponents outside Barclays Arena in Brooklyn. McGregor became acting in revenge for a perceived moderate in opposition to a teammate, and he subsequently pleaded no contest to a count number of disorderly conduct. Earlier this month, McGregor turned into arrested once more in Miami Beach for stealing the smartphone of a person looking to take his photo, the government said. McGregor became charged with theft and criminal mischief, but his attorney described the altercation as minor. McGregor additionally becomes suspended from MMA competition for six months and fined $50,000 for his function in a brawl instigated through Nurmagomedov straight away after their bout remaining October. If it sticks, McGregor’s retirement ends a splendid upward thrust for the former plumber from Dublin who became the biggest superstar in MMA with his massive fists and self-promotional acumen. He gained 15 consecutive fights throughout his upward thrust, along with an impressive 13-2nd knockout of Jose Aldo to win the featherweight title in December 2015.