Former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion, and controversial figure, Conor McGregor has yet again announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, with a record of 21 wins and four defeats, as ABC reports.
The decision comes less than six months after McGregor lost the UFC Lightweight Championship to Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas in October last year. He retires ranked #9 in official pound-for-pound UFC rankings,
Taking to Twitter earlier today, the 30-year-old Irishman wrote:
“I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today. I wish all my colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!“
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
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 wrote in April 2016 that he would “retire young“, after losing to Nate Diaz that March. By the end of the year he had returned to the sport for a rematch against Diaz, which he won.
I have decided to retire young.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
After that he set out on a brief boxing career, taking on undefeated professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr., who came out of retirement for the match, in August 2017. McGregor lost.
Earlier this month, McGregor was arrested and charged with robbery after smashing the phone of a fan trying to take a photo of him outside a Miami nightclub.
It’s not his first bout with the law – he was arrested and charged in April 2018 with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after he hurled a handcart through the window of a bus a group of UFC fighters, including Nurmagomedov, were on. Both Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa were reportedly injured by the shattered glass, and taken to hospital.
Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor, subjects in an ongoing feud where the above is but one example, were also suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl which broke out after their title fight. McGregor is still suspended as he retires today.
To conclude, here’s a video from Monday night’s episode of The Tonight Show featuring McGregor hanging out in an Irish pub with Jimmy Fallon:
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