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!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
McGregor is no stranger to seemingly out of the blue declarations as well as controversy over the years. Despite being suspended from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his bust up during UFC 229 with his opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Irishman has remained in the public spotlight, primarily promoting his own whiskey Proper No. Twelve.
In 2016, McGregor made a similar announcement of his retirement, but that eventually led to his fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 among others, including the famously anticipated bout between him and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Considering that McGregor was still actively posting about his training and teasing fights with several other fighters up until a couple of days ago, it remains to be seen that his latest retirement announcement is genuine.
In fighting in coming.
Watch the cream rise.
There is only one King! pic.twitter.com/KJUNrDo6BU
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 24, 2019
Time will tell whether he really means to hang up his gloves for good to focus on his whiskey business, or if this is an elaborate strategy to build up hype when his suspension is over.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer