Conor McGregor has closed the cage door on his career.
The Irish combat sports star made the announcement via social media early this morning.
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!
McGregor, who seemingly is always watching the current UFC crop compete, was recently taunting them on social media for action. The revelation comes out of nowhere for many after speculation that McGregor would fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was squashed recently.
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis was his next target, on social media, after his devastating KO defeat of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in Nashville this past weekend. Pettis joined McGregor and former UFC lightweight champion, Kenny Florian as the only fighters in the UFC to achieve wins at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.
Welcome to the club and congratulations. Now who fucking wants it? https://t.co/XrNU4VDc3Z
Since becoming the first UFC fighter to hold belts simultaneously in two weight divisions, McGregor has been expanding his entrepreneurial endeavors. He famously fought a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. under his McGregor Sports & Entertainment umbrella. His media company, The Mac Life, covers the sport of MMA and athletic lifestyles.
When will @TheNotoriousMMA be back in the Octagon❓ Dana White tells all to @MeganOlivi… https://t.co/eFouWO7mEV
More recently, McGregor has been on tour as the pitchman for his whiskey brand Proper 12.
McGregor has been the face of the new UFC for a few years now. After the defeat and departure of Ronda Rousey, Georges St. Pierre, and the former absence of recently returned Jon Jones, McGregor catapulted the company to new heights.
UFC President Dana White supported @thenotoriousmma retirement in a statement issued to @mikebohnmma 🤔 #UFC #ConorMcGregor
9,658 Likes, 353 Comments – MMA Junkie (@mmajunkiedotcom) on Instagram: “UFC President Dana White supported @thenotoriousmma retirement in a statement issued to…”
McGregor holds the records for the top five highest grossing UFC pay-per-views of all time.
He also has the second and third highest grossing PPV combat sports matches of all time with his bout against Floyd Mayweather (4.3 million buys) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (2.5 million buys) at number two and three, respectively.
Although McGregor has been in the media spotlight lately for an altercation with a fan in Miami, his star power is easily transferrable into ventures beyond the cage.
No word on whether the retirement announcement is a hoax, however, he has teased the idea in the past. After being defeated by Nate Diaz in 2016 he said he had decided to “retire young,” but returned to avenge the loss to Diaz, which he did.
His last opponent, Khabib Nurmagomedov has already taken his shot at McGregor online upon hearing the news.
There can be only one king in the jungle. Only ☝️
For now, it seems the world has seen the last of McGregor’s fighting days. But in the mind of “The Notorious”, one never truly knows.