Conor McGregor Announces Retirement, Dana White Responds

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor took to Twitter early Tuesday morning and announced his retirement from the sport of MMA. McGregor tweeted: ”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!”

“The Notorious” was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon only a few hours earlier discussing a possible return to the Octagon in July.

UFC President Dana White sent this text message to many members of MMA media in response to McGregor’s announcement: “He has the money to retire, and his whiskey is KILLIN’ it. 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.”

McGregor (21-4) is coming off of a fourth-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 last October. He holds notable victories over the likes of Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes, José Aldo, Nate Diaz, and Eddie Alvarez.


MMA NewsStephen Jensen