Conor McGregor announces retirement from combined martial arts
Conor McGregor, one of the most marketable names in blended martial arts and a former UFC champion in weight instructions, introduced his retirement in the wee hours of Tuesday morning through his Twitter account.
McGregor has fought sparingly within the octagon in latest years. His maximum recent bout, an October submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, was marred by using post-bout melees regarding each fighter and their entourages. As a result, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Nurmagomedov for 9 months and McGregor for six, a sanction that became scheduled to cease April 6.
That UFC 229 card drew 2.4 million pay-in step with-view buys, the maximum ever for an MMA occasion. In August 2017, McGregor fought in a closely hyped boxing healthy towards undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., which drew four. Three million pay-in step with-view buys in North America on my own and earned McGregor a reported payday of greater than $a hundred million.
UFC President Dana White advised the Associated Press in a text message that McGregor’s net worth turned into a large cause for the statement, which he said: “totally makes feel.”
“He has the cash to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN it,” White stated, a connection with his Proper No. Twelve Whiskey undertaking. “If I became him, I would retire too. He’s retiring from preventing. Not from working. The Whiskey will keep him busy, and I’m positive he has other matters he’s operating on. He has been so amusing to look at!!! He has accomplished extremely good things on this sport. I am so satisfied for him and I stay up for seeing him be as a hit outdoor of the octagon as he turned into in it.”
Despite lousy opinions — one said McGregor’s Irish whiskey featured “notes of turpentine interlaced with the musk from a crowded, poorly-maintained Turkish bathhouse sauna” — the liquor reportedly has offered properly considering its debut in September. White expected the last yr that McGregor might make “1000000000 bucks” off Proper
Hours before his announcement, McGregor regarded on “The Tonight Show” and said he become negotiating to fight at UFC 239 in July (Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone turned into one rumored opponent) ahead of a probable rematch with Nurmagomedov late this yr. But he additionally reiterated that he didn’t always need to step returned into the octagon.
“I don’t always need to combat,” McGregor said on the show, in line with the AP. “I am set for lifestyles. My own family
McGregor has had a few run-ins with the regulation inside the United States. The seeds of the Nurmagomedov brawl have been planted four months earlier whilst he threw an device dolly at a bus carrying the Russian fighter and his schooling partners at some stage in a UFC promotional occasion in Brooklyn. McGregor pleaded no contest to a rely on disorderly conduct and obtained network carrier and anger-control courses.
Earlier this month, McGregor changed into charged with strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief, both felonies, in Miami after police alleged that the Irishman “stomped” on and took a person’s mobile phone in an incident outdoor the Fontainebleau Hotel.
It’s now not the primary time McGregor, 30, has introduced his retirement on Twitter. In April 2016, he wrote that he had “decided to retire younger,” one month after a loss to Nate Diaz. But he reversed his choice days later would return 4 months after that with a victory over Diaz at UFC 202. He then gained the UFC light-weight name through beating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016, his very last victory in the octagon.
Former MMA superstar Ronda Rousey appeared to indicate there is probably some other reversal in McGregor’s destiny.
“Well, it’s a creative way to retire and it’s a cryptic way to retire so we’ll see how permanent it is,” she stated on E