Conor McGregor Quits Fighting, Offers To Buy Everyone Pina Coladas
The world of UFC just got slightly less interesting and a whole lot less crazy with the retirement of Conor McGregor.
McGregor, 30, was the sport's biggest drawcard despite several losses.
The Irishman took the world by surprise with his announcement as only recently he had claimed he was back in training after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October last year.
But earlier today, speculation mounted that all was not well in camp Conor, when UFC boss Dana White suggested McGregor would not fight in the main event at the upcoming UFC 239 in July.
White blamed McGregor’s slip down the rankings, which was not helped by his loss to Nurmagomedov in October, after which he lost six places to fall to eighth in one hit.
After an 11-year MMA career, Notorious leaves the sport with a 21-4 fight record, and a current pound-for-pound UFC ranking of nine.
He was twice stripped of his championships for inactivity in the sport, losing his featherweight title in 2016 and his lightweight title in 2018.
But his popularity peaked outside of MMA, during his short-lived foray in boxing, when he took on Floyd Mayweather in one of the biggest pay-per-view events ever.
More than 4.6 million people watched the fight in the U.S. alone. For comparison, just over 1.3 million tuned in to watch McGregor lose to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
In recent years, McGregor has made more headlines for his exploits out of the Octagon than in it.
In April 2018, he was given five-days community service and ordered to attend anger management classes after he attacked a bus carrying other fighters during promotional events for UFC 223. He was targeting Nurmagomedov, but injured other fighters who were forced to withdraw from the event.
The bad blood between Nurmagomedov and McGregor continued in October, during the infamous UFC 229 post-bout fight between their teams.
McGregor was handed a six-month suspension from the sport, and would have been eligible to return in April.
Just two weeks ago, McGregor spent hours in police custody in Miami Beach, Florida after he was arrested for robbery. He stands accused of grabbing a fan's phone and smashing it during an altercation.
McGregor walks away from the sport with a net worth of $99 million, according to Forbes. While money won’t be a problem, he will have plenty to keep him busy in his retirement.
Keeping true to his Irish roots, McGregor launched a whiskey in September last year, called ‘Proper No Twelve Irish Whiskey'.
It has reportedly sold hundreds of thousands of bottles in Ireland and the U.S., and McGregor intends on expanding it around the world.
But there’s always hope for the Notorious fans, as this isn’t the first time he’s tweeted his retirement. After his loss to Nate Diaz in 2016 he tweeted he had decided to “retire young”.
That obviously didn’t last long.