Connor McGregor, is certainly one for the dramatics. In a rather nonchalant Tweet last night, McGregor now 30, announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.
The announcement came only hours after he appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, where he told Jimmy that he and the UFC we’re negotiating a potential return to the octagon come July.
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
Contrary to what Connor said on the Tonight Show just hours before. “We’re in talks for July,” “We’ll see what happens, a lot of politics going on. The fight game is a mad game. But like I said, to my fans, I am in shape and I am ready.
“I have done my piece for the company. I don’t necessarily need to fight. I am set for life. My family is set for life. We are good, but I am eager to fight. So, we’ll see what happens. I’m staying ready.”
McGregor has a few things going for him outside of MMA that would lead us to believe this is true. He has whiskey brand, ‘Proper 12’, that sold out of US stores in 2 weeks along with a budding apparel line.
Dana White says this is legitimate.
“He has the money to retire, and his [Proper 12] whiskey is KILLIN it,” White said in a text message to ESPN reporters. “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.
Mcgregor has retired once before in April 2016, also via social media. “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”