“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today,” McGregor wrote in a tweet. “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!”
Naturally, no one really believed him. Especially since he talked about fighting in July on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon just prior to his retirement announcement.
Then UFC President and Conor McGregor-enabler Dana White issued his own statement basically confirming that McGregor is indeed retiring from MMA.
“He has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN’ it,” wrote White. “It totally makes sense. 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.”
Now, with the spectre of McGregor really being done with MMA, current and former UFC fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov and Ronda Rousey, have weighed on The Notorious One’s odd, out-of-the-blue decision.
Nah I’m tryna see you and Nate scrap it out one last time— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) March 26, 2019
👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾— @CrisCyborg on Youtube (@criscyborg) March 26, 2019
And just like that he was gone. Congrats @TheNotoriousMMA on a career that changed the game. The sport has grown and you have helped the sport crossover. Thank you Conor, no doubt @ProperWhiskey will have the same success as you in the octagon. Cheers— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) March 26, 2019
Get in make money get out.— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 26, 2019
Much respect to Conor.
He’ll be back though for sure! https://t.co/V1mMpPHini
Does anyone out there have any doubt that he’ll be back? How many times has his BFF Floyd Mayweather “retired” only to come back when the payday was too nice to ignore?
My guess is that this is just one more way to drum up attention and raise the purse when does “return.”
See you at ‘mania brother— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) March 26, 2019