March 26, 2019

MMA Superstar Conor McGregor Says He's Retiring From The Sport

On Monday night, Conor McGregor who is arguably the most popular mixed martial arts fighter in the world today, tweeted that he is walking away from the sport. In his Twitter post, McGregor wrote: "Hey guys, quick announcement. I've decided to retire from the sport formally known as mixed martial arts today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement."

Many people are surprised of the announcement because just a few weeks ago, there are talks that McGregor will be returning to the octagon as early as July. A lot of people are also not buying the Irishman's tweet because this isn't the first time that he announced retirement on Twitter. He pulled the same trick back in 2016 when he tweeted that he's retiring after being pulled from UFC 200.

The tweet had the MMA community buzzing. As of this writing, the tweet has 42,000 retweets, 137,000 likes, and 10,000 comments. The consensus among fans and pundits is that McGregor is making a power play. He's not retiring. He just wants more money from his next fights.

Brett Okamoto, an MMA journalist for ESPN reached out to UFC president Dana White for his comment on the issue. White's answer is as follows: "He has the money to retire and his whiskey is killing it. It totally makes sense. If I was him, I would retire too. 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 been so fun to watch. He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it."

There were talks that McGregor will be facing Donald Cerrone in July but it was recently announced that Cerrone was booked to fight Al Iaquinta instead. Rumor has it that the UFC wanted McGregor to fight in the undercard of an event in July. McGregor turned it down. 

McGregor last fought in October of last year. He was submitted in the fourth round by Khabib Nurmagomedov.