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Conor McGregor announces shocking retirement

International superstar and former UFC double-champion Conor “The Notorious” McGregor has announced his retirement from the MMA.

McGregor tweeted the following in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

“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 30-year-old McGregor has done colossal things for the UFC and the sport of MMA in his career. McGregor is one of only six fighters to win a championship belt in two weight classes, when he beat Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, respectively. McGregor has a number of huge wins on his CV, including victories over Nate Diaz, Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway, and Chad Mendes.

The retirement comes as a surprises to many, with McGregor himself  recently claiming that he was in the middle of a negotiation to fight in June. Rumors from the MMA world are speculating that McGregor has not been given the fight or the payday that he wants for his next event. McGregor is coming off of a loss in the Lightweight title fight to current UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor is walking away from the UFC with a 21-4 record in 25 fights.

Since losing his last fight, McGregor has been linked to a number of different future opponents.  Names like Cowboy Cerrone, Nate Diaz, Max Holloway and more have been rumored to fight McGregor in the past few months, but nothing came to fruition.

Conor has only fought once in the UFC since 2016, but that has not stopped the flow of income for the Irishman. McGregor has shown his business savvy over the years, ending up as the fourth highest paid athlete in the world in 2018 (Forbes.com). Recently, McGregor has been busy on tour, promoting his Proper 12 Whiskey. It seems as if the Irishman has found another game to take over, as his whiskey can be seen flying off of the shelves worldwide. Some reports suggest that McGregor is taking time away to focus on his business endeavours, and building his Proper 12 empire.

Nonetheless, with all of the passion, fight, and star-power that comes with McGregor, don’t be surprised if we see a comeback from The Notorious One in the future, especially if the financial aspect of the deal is incentivizing enough.

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