Controversial Irish MMA fighter tweets decision to retire, saying he wishes his old colleagues well

UFC star Conor McGregor appears to have announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champ, tweeted:” Hey guys quick announcement, I've decided to retire from the athletic formally known as' Mixed Martial Art' today.

” I hope all my old colleagues well going forward in competitor. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas !”

The Irishman has not fight since October last year when he lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

McGregor was suspended for six months after that fight aimed with brawls spreading into the crowd. Nurmagomedov received the heavier punishment and was banned for nine months.

McGregor appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show hours before inducing his announcement, saying that he was eager to fight again, but also that he did not need to.

” I am set for life, my family is set for life ,” he said.

The UFC president, Dana White, said it” attains sense” the 30 -year-old retires at this phase, considering he has other successful business ventures.

” He has been so fun to watch ,” White said via ESPN's Brett Okamoto.” He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it .”

McGregor became the biggest draw in mixed martial art- he has headlined four of the six highest-selling PPV events- after he kickstarted his UFC career with victory over Jose Aldo in 2015.

He had a hiatus from the octagon in 2017, during which he made his boxing debut, a loss to Floyd Mayweather that made tens of millions of dollars.

He is also the UFC's most controversial star. Before last year's Nurmagomedov fight, he avoided jail over his involvement in a melee after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

In July, McGregor attended the World Cup final in Moscow as a guest of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and posed with him in a photo posted on Instagram. In the caption, McGregor called Putin” one of the greatest leaders of our time “.

In March this year, he was arrested in Florida for stealing the phone of someone who was trying to take his photo.

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