MMA Dublin born fighter, Conor “Notorious” McGregor announced his retirement from UFC on Twitter overnight.
Mc Gregor tweeted “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!
This isn’t the first time “Notorious” announced his departure from the sport, he announced on Twitter in 2016 he would be retiring but has fought three times since.
McGregor made the MMA sport a household name after winning the interim featherweight title with a knockout of Jose Aldo inside 13 seconds. While a loss on his welterweight debut to Nate Diaz ended a 15-fight winning streak, Notorious won the rematch five months later.
A victory over Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship saw McGregor become the sport’s first dual-weight champion. He held both titles simultaneously before vacating them to sign with the UFC.
He holds the record for the biggest per-per-view in MMA history, headlining four out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events. McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather drew 4.3m PPV buys in North America – the second most in history.
There is no doubt McGregor is a dedicated athlete however his professional career has been marred with controversy.
Last year he was ordered by American courts to perform five days of community service and anger management training because he had allegedly attacked fellow MMA fighter Khabib tour bus. In January this year, he was also banned for six months and fined £38,095 for his part in a brawl after his defeat to Khabib and earlier this month it was alleged he smashed a fans phone because he tried to snap a photo of him.
Even with this announcement, there is no doubt, this will not be the last time we hear about McGregor. Notorious recently launched a fashion line called August McGregor, which sells modern suits to millennials. He also launched his own whiskey last year, named after the Dublin neighbourhood where he grew up. But don’t be surprised if he announces he will take to the cage again sometime in the future!