One of the greatest to ever step in the UFC octagon is stepping away from fighting, this time for good.
Conor McGregor announced that his MMA career is over by posting a picture of him and his mother, promising his mom that he'll buy her a new house. The timing feels weird, of course, considering he wanted to fight Anderson Silva just over a week ago.
If it feels like this retirement announcement lacks the usual pomp and circumstance, that's because McGregor has been on the record as "retiring" three other times. This one, however, might be more permanent.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani, McGregor claimed that he isn't "excited" by MMA anymore, which prompted him leaving the fight game. If this is the end, McGregor will have a 9-2 record in the UFC, with his only two losses coming against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz, the latter of which he avenged. On top of his unmatched ability to get eyes glued to a TV when he stepped in the ring, he became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two different championship belts in the same division.
Even if a lot of the dramatic weight has been sucked out of this announcement thanks to all the other times he has come out of retirement, this one sounds more final. In the history of UFC, no one even came close to having the PPV pull that the Irish sensation had.