Conor McGregor has a way of staying in the spotlight, and this time, it’s with his second retirement from MMA.
Conor McGregor sent this message out overnight.
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
It’s no secret that Conor has been focused on promoting his newest venture, Proper Twelve Whiskey. However, he’s never quite officially retired from combat sports. This could be (and most certainly is) a negotiation tactic from McGregor, who was reportedly in talks with the UFC to fight Donald Cerrone over the summer. Negotiations fell apart when the UFC insisted on having a heavyweight title fight headline above McGregor.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
The above tweet was sent out a month after McGregor was defeated by Nate Diaz in 2016. Of course, McGregor went on to headline the two biggest UFC pay-per-views of all-time and fought Floyd Mayweather after thanking us for the cheese.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto received a statement from UFC President Dana White, who is calling the Irishman’s bluff:
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 26, 2019
McGregor has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title in October of last year. He is still currently suspended due to the post-fight brawl that occurred between both corners and fighters that night. The suspension ends on April 6.
Conor McGregor has been in the news for less-flattering reasons recently, as he was arrested for strong-arm robbery when he smashed the phone of a fan in Miami. He was released on a $5,000 bond and is facing a civil lawsuit for the action.
Conor McGregor is undoubtedly the UFC’s brightest star, headlining five of the six biggest pay-per-views in the promotion’s history. He went 7-0 to start his UFC career with six knockouts, the last of which won him the featherweight title in just 13 seconds. Since then, he is 2-2, winning the lightweight championship and never defending either belt in that span.
Let’s now wait for the unveiling of Proper Pina Colada.