The Irish superstar took to Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday morning to announce that he was walking away from the sport.
Conor McGregor has not fought since October 6, when he was submitted by UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at Maddison Square Gardens in an explosive night in New York.
He posted: “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!”
McGregor was suspended until April 6 following a post-fight brawl with Nurmagomedov and his crew.
He had been in line to fight Donald ‘Cowboy’ Corrone in the summer, but the fight was reportedly scrapped after ‘The Notorious’ refused to fight a co-headline slot.
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Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts
Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN
UFC president Dana White backed up the retirement claim just an hour after McGregor’s tweet despite the suspicion around it.
He told ESPN: “He has the money to retire and his whiskey is KILLIN 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 been so fun to watch!! He has accomplished incredible things in this sport.
“I am so happy for him and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.”
Conor McGregor was suspended for this incident
Conor McGregor posted this message on Twitter
Since his defeat to Nurmagomedov, McGregor has been out promoting his own brand whiskey ‘Proper 12’, and even referred to MMA as his “third source of income”.
Speaking to Jimmy Fallon just hours before the tweet was sent, the superstar declared that he did not need to fight again.
“We’re in talks for July. There’s a lot of politics going on, it’s a mad game, the fight game,” he said.
“To my fans, I am in shape and I am ready.
“There are many opponents, in reality I can pick who I please.
“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. We will see what happens, but I am just staying ready.”
He had also been linked with a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, who has been active on social media tweeting videos of him in training.
The former two-weight UFC champion at featherweight and lightweight had declared that he would only fight in a co-main event if he was given shares in the UFC.
This was something that had come up before. After the sale of the UFC to WME IMG for $ 4.2billion, McGregor stated that he had made the company worth the extortionate price, and he was owed a chunk.
This is not the first time McGregor has announced his retirement from the sport on Twitter, and this has led some fans to doubt the most recent post.
Back in April 2016, the star tweeted that he was walking away from the sport after failing to secure a rematch with Diaz.
Conor McGregor last fought in October against Khabib Nurmagomedov
He tweeted back then: “I have decided to retire young.
“Thanks for the cheese.
“Catch ya’s later.”
If McGregor has retired, he will have done so as the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously at two weight classes.
Conor McGregor beat Jose Aldo in 13 seconds in 2015
The Irishman knocked out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds in 2015 to win the featherweight belt, before immediately jumping up to lightweight.
There, he took out Eddie Alvarez in two rounds to claim the 155lbs strap.
He then ventured into boxing, taking on pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather.
Despite putting up a good performance in the opening rounds, ‘Money Mayweather’ took over and stopped the game Irishman in the ninth round.
Former UFC superstar Ronda Rousey tweeted: “Second round is on me.”
While another ally, WWE star Finn Balor has ignighted talk of a move into wrestling by inviting him to WrestleMania.
He tweeted: “See you at Wrestlemania.”
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