UFC’s biggest star Conor McGregor announced today that he will be retiring from Mixed Martial Arts.
It’s interesting because the announcement came hours after he told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” that he was in talks to fight again in July.
“We’re in talks for July,” McGregor said on The Tonight Show. “We’ll see what happens, a lot of politics going on. The fight game is a mad game. But like I said, to my fans, I am in shape and I am ready.
McGregor also said that he doesn’t need to fight anymore because he and his family are set for life but he is eager to sight and he is staying ready.
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
UFC President Dana White says he believes the announcement is legitimate. “He has the money to retire, and his [Proper 12] whiskey is KILLIN it,” White told ESPN. “It totally makes sense. If I was him, I would retire too. He’s retiring from fighting. Not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy, and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on.”
White went on to say that he’s happy for McGregor and he looks forward to seeing what he does outside of the Octagon.
McGregor’s retirement announcement is drawing some skepticism because he retired back in April 2016 and many saw it as a negotiating ploy. That could be the case this time around.