In the early hours of Tuesday morning, UFC star Conor McGregor declared his retirement from MMA via a Twitter post. The Irishman posted what he described as a "quick announcement" in order to break the news.
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
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!
McGregor's tweet had some interesting phrasing in it.
This isn't the first time McGregor has announced his retirement, stepping away from the scene briefly in 2016 before making a loud return to the sport.
Conor McGregor announces retirement from MMA pic.twitter.com/5kv8hE6CcJ— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 26, 2019
The Notorious is calling it quits, folks. McGregor's last time in the ring was his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 6, which infamously ended with chaos and McGregor being slapped with a six-month suspension, which he is still serving.
McGregor's next fight was expected to be with Donald "Cowboy" Corrone in the summer, but he reportedly scrapped the potential bout after refusing to co-headline the event, demanding the full spotlight instead.
McGregor will go down as one of the most iconic fighters of his generation, largely due to his wild personality both inside the Octagon and out. He had a controversial career, but no one can deny in the influence McGregor had on the sport of mixed martial arts. It's hard to imagine another quite like him.