If his latest social media post is to be believed, then it would seem that former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight champion Conor McGregor has retired from the sport of mixed martial arts.
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
On Monday night, Conor McGregor posted the above tweet, citing his supposed exit from the sport.
McGregor (21-4, 9-2 in UFC) is a former UFC Featherweight champion that became the first fighter to simultaneously hold a UFC title in two separate divisions at the same time when he won the UFC Lightweight championship back at UFC 205 in 2016. McGregor has also recorded wins at 145, 155 and 170. This being three divisions altogether, a feat very few UFC fighters have achieved.
UFC President Dana White responded to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto:
“He has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN’ it,” White said in a statement obtained by MMA Junkie. “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. He has been so fun to watch. He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him, and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.”
McGregor has threatened retirement in the past however so it remains unknown if McGregor plans to stay committed to this abrupt exit from the sport.