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Conor McGregor has officially decided to retire from mixed martial arts. The announcement came quickly and came just hours after a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon aired on a tweet. Hey guys, quick announcement, I decided to retire from the sport today as a "Mixed Martial Art". 1
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
McGregor announces an amazing career that included a 21-4 record. He was the first multi-division champion of the UFC (featherweight, light). and one of the best martial arts entertainers ever. After one of the most popular UFC fighters retired, some former fellow campaigners agreed:
– khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 26, 2019
The second round is mine https: / /t.co/1liGxXhVTG[19659004l-RondaRousey(@RondaRousey) March 26, 2019
– Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) March 26, 2019
Hmmm .. to the young brother @TheNotoriousMMA The whiskey-high stand can not be compared to raising that arm. Not much! You will miss it! Buckle up and train the youngster https://t.co/PQQcZzQrsw[19659004-MarkColeman(@Markcolemanmma) March 26, 2019
UFC President Dana White was very empathetic toward McGregor in a recent statement , "He has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN," White said. "It makes perfect sense. If I were him, I would retire as well. He withdraws from the fight, not from work. The whiskey will keep him busy and I'm sure he has other things he's working on right now. It was so much fun to watch. He has done incredible things in this sport. I'm so happy for him, and I'm looking forward to being as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.
The announcement comes just weeks after McGregor's recent arrest when he destroyed a fan's phone. The champions recently lost a match against their loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, and some fans expected a rematch in the future.
Before retiring, McGregor appeared at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where he gave Fallon a taste of his Proper No. Twelve Whiskey and sang in the paddy Reilly's pub in New York has a few Irish songs. McGregor did not say he was retiring during the interview and even said he was in talks and ready to fight in a July game.
"I'm in good shape for my fans and I'm ready to fight," he said. Several hours later, after The Tonight Show aired, McGregor announced his retirement on Twitter.
Although The Notorious has retired, its whiskey brand is worldwide and we're sure we'll see its face frequently. In addition to his whiskey, McGregor is also the second luxury collection under August McGregor, a collection of sweatshirts, hats, shirts and more, in collaboration with designer David August.
He could possibly return to the Octagon after a few years' break like the legendary George St. Pierre.