Conor McGregor, UFC Superstar Announces Retirement
Mixed martial arts living legend Conor McGregor declared his retirement from the sport on Sunday.
The two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) World Champion stated his fighting days have finished in a Twitter message posted on his official handle, alongside a picture of himself with his mother, Margaret.
The controversial athlete, also known as “The Notorious,” earlier announced his departure from the games in March last year after being pounded into submission by arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. In April 2016, he said he was retiring with a now-famous tweet: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”
His last fight within the octagon was in January after a 15-month absence when he beat out American Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone during a brutal 40-second carnage in Las Vegas.
The 31-year-old, an icon of the UFC, is no stranger to controversy and hit the headlines last year for an older man’s attack during a Dublin bar that was captured in a viral video.
McGregor, one among the foremost famous fighters in MMA history, featured a record of 22-4 and was the primary UFC fighter to carry two championship belts at an equivalent time. He achieved that feat in 2016 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez during a lightweight title fight, adding it to his featherweight title.
A loss followed that triumph to boxing great Floyd Mayweather in a cross-combat super fight in 2017, his failure to Nurmagomedov, announcements of retirements, and returns to fighting.
UFC president Dana White gave McGregor a tribute after the completion of UFC 250 in Las Vegas early Sunday morning.
“If Conor McGregor believes he wants to leave, you know my opinions about retirement, you ought to go in the hay,” White stated at the post-event news conference. “I love Conor. There are a few folks that have made this fun on behalf of me, and he’s one among them.”