Conor McGregor announced on Twitter this morning that he is retiring from “the sport formerly known as ’Mixed Martial Art’”. Just hours earlier the 30-year-old had appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show. The star spoke of his he was looking forward to fighting Donald Corrone in the summer, saying he was “eager” to fight again, making his retirement an even bigger surprise to fans.
Why has Conor McGregor retired?
The full statement from the UFC star reads: “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!”
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The Irish fighting star hasn’t fought since October last year, when he lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
A brawl after the fight led to McGregor being banned for six months and fined £38,095. Khabib was also suspended.
The retirement announcement comes just hours after an appearance on late night chat show The Jimmy Fallon Show.
Whilst the reason for McGregor’s retirement has not been revealed, speaking to host Jimmy Fallon Conor divulged some details which may point to an explanation.
The star said he “didn’t need” to fight again as he was “set for life”. According to Forbes, the Irishman is worth $99million (£75.03million).
This wealth placed the fighter 12th on Forbes Celebrity 100 2018, and fourth on Forbes World’s Highest Paid Athletes 2018.
McGregor has been recently taking more time to promote his whiskey brand Proper No.12.
UFC president Dana White issued a statement on Twitter explaining McGregor’s alcohol brand was sure to be a good alternative for the MMA fighter.
White wrote: “He has the money to retire and his whiskey is KILLIN [sic] 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 accomplished incredible things in this sport.”
Despite the announcement, fans do not seem convinced that McGregor is actually retiring.
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