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Conor McGregor Says That He Has Retired From MMA

Conor McGregor Says That He Has Retired From MMA

Conor McGregor says that he has retired from MMA.

In a tweet sent early on Tuesday morning, McGregor said:

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 announcement should, for the moment, be taken with a pinch of salt. It may yet turn out to be a tactic in negotiations with the UFC regarding his next fight. McGregor announced in April 2016 that he was "retiring young". He subsequently fought three more times in the UFC.

UFC president Dana White says it makes sense that the Dubliner has retired. In a text message, reported by Bloody Elbow, White said:

"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.

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“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."

The 30-year-old most recently fought in October against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. That was a bout which he lost by submission to the Russian.

McGregor was most recently in the news after being arrested and charged with strong arm robbery and criminal mischief by Miami Beach Police following an altercation with a fan.

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