Controversial mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor announces his retirement

CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 3/26/2019, 10:04 a.m.
Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from the sport, posting the news on Twitter.
Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from the sport, posting the news on Twitter.

By Euan McKirdy and Chris Boyette, CNN

(CNN) -- Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from the sport, posting the news on Twitter.

"Hey guys quick announcement, I've decided to retire from the sport formally known as 'Mixed Martial Art' today," wrote McGregor, 30, on the social media platform Tuesday.

"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!"

The controversial Irish fighter, whose nickname is "The Notorious," is currently ranked 8th on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pound-for-pound list. He leaves the sport with a 21-4-0 record, and UFC belts in two divisions.

McGregor's announcement comes just hours after an interview aired on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon in which the fighter claimed he was in negotiations for an upcoming fight.

McGregor, told Fallon, "My next fight, we're in talks for July. We'll see what happens. A lot of politics going on. The fight game is a mad game but as I said again, to my fans I am in shape and I am ready."

UFC supremo Dana White sent a text message to ESPN's Brett Okamoto saying McGregor's had achieved "incredible things" in UFC.

"He has the money to retire and his whiskey is killin' it," said White, referring to McGregor's new business venture after the fighter linked upwith Eire Born Spirits to launch a whiskey brand, Proper No. Twelve.

It totally makes sense,' added White. "If I was him I would retire too. He's retiring from fighting. Not from working. The Whiskey will keep him busy and I'm sure he has other things he's working on.

"He has been so fun to watch!!! He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it."

Second time's a charm?

This isn't the first time McGregor has tweeted his retirement. In 2016, he tweeted "I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later."

MMA fan's treated Tuesday's early morning announcement with a dash of skepticism, given McGregor's previous claims.

CNN has reached out to McGregor and the UFC for comment on the announcement.

Turbulent year

Earlier this month McGregor -- whose mother famously described as being "born with his fists clenched" -- was arrested on charges of felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief following an altercation with a photo-seeking fan.

The fan and McGregor were leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, when the fan tried to take a picture with the fighter with a cell phone, according to a police report. McGregor then slapped the phone out of the fan's hand and stomped on the phone several times.

Last April, McGregor was charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal mischief after he and others allegedly attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.