Conor McGregor shocked the fight fans with his retirement announcement on Tuesday morning on Social Media. While the UFC and MMA fans apparently took it as a publicity stunt, the UFC president Dana White said it “totally makes sense.”
McGregor last fought Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018 where he was forced to submit the bout in the fourth round.
Here is his tweet:
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
Several UFC fighters reacted to the Notorious' retirement and some believed he is not retiring yet.
Here are the Twitter reactions:
There can be only one king in the jungle.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 26, 2019
Second round is on me https://t.co/1liGxXhVTG
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) March 26, 2019
See you at ‘mania brother
— Finn Bálor forEVERYone (@FinnBalor) March 26, 2019
— Mark Coleman (@Markcolemanmma) March 26, 2019
Text from Dana White: ""He has the money to retire and his whiskey is KILLIN it. It totally makes sense. If I was him, I would retire too. He's retiring from fighting, not from working. The Whiksey will keep him busy and I'm sure he has other things he's working on."
— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) March 26, 2019
— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) March 26, 2019
Get in make money get out.
Much respect to Conor.
He’ll be back though for sure! https://t.co/V1mMpPHini
— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 26, 2019
— Tai BAM BAM Tuivasa (@bambamtuivasa) March 26, 2019
I’ve come out of retirement.
— michael (@bisping) March 26, 2019
Few hours after his retirement news, the New York Times reported that the former UFC lightweight champion is under investigation for the sexual assault in Ireland.