UFC star, Conor McGregor, announced Monday his unplanned retirement of mixed martial arts, in a social media article.
The announcement comes just hours after McGregor, 30, told The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that he and the UFC were negotiating a possible return to business. Octagon in July.
Hello guys, quick announcement, I decided to retire from the sport previously called "mixed martial art".
I wish good luck to all my former colleagues for the competition.
I now join my old partners in this company, already retired.
Pina Coladas on me guys!
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
"We are in talks for July," McGregor said during his Tonight Show appearance. "We'll see what happens, there's a lot of politics, the fighting game is a crazy game, but as I said, to my fans, I'm fit and ready.
"I did my job for the company.I do not necessarily need to fight.I am ready for life.My family is ready for life.We are good, but I I'm looking forward to fighting, so we'll see what happens, I'm ready. "
UFC President Dana White told ESPN that McGregor's retirement was "quite logical". White also said he believed the announcement was legitimate.
"He has the money to withdraw, and his [Proper 12] the whiskey is KILLIN, "says White by SMS. It makes sense. If I were him, I would retire too. He withdraws from the fight. No job. Whiskey will keep him busy, and I'm sure he has other projects on which he works.
"He has been so much fun to watch !!! He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and I am looking forward to seeing him succeed both outside the Octagon and in the Inside the Octagon. "
McGregor (21-4) has already "retired" on social media. In April 2016, he announced on Twitter: "I decided to retire young.Thank you for the cheese, see you later."
At that time, McGregor and the UFC were in negotiations for a potential fight at the UFC 200. McGregor did not ultimately fight at the UFC 200, but he appeared in the UFC. Octagon a month later in a very profitable second fight against rival Nate Diaz.
McGregor's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.