Conor McGregor, one of the most negotiable names in mixed martial arts and a former UFC in two weight classes, announced his retirement during Tuesday morning via his Twitter account.
McGregor has struggled sparingly at octagon in recent years. His latest battle, an October filing loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, was abused by post-bout melee involving both warriors and their entourages. As a result, Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Nurmagomedov for nine months and McGregor for six, a sanction scheduled to end on April 6.
That the UFC 229 card bought 2.4 million pay-per-view buyer, the most ever for an MMA event. In August 2017, McGregor fought in a heavily hyped boxing fight against unbeaten champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who drew 4.3 million pay-per-view alone in North America and earned McGregor a reported payday of more than $ 100 million.
UFC President Dana White told the Associated Press in a text message that McGregor's net worth was a big reason for the announcement, which he said "sensibly."
"He has the money to retire, and his whiskey kills it," said White, a reference to his proper No. Twelve whiskey venture. "If I were him, I would also retire. He retires from the fighting. Not from work. Whiskey will keep him busy and I'm sure he has other things he works on. to see !!! He's got amazing things in this sport. I'm so fond of him and I'm looking forward to seeing him as successful outside the octagon as he was in. "
Despite terrible reviews – It was said that McGregor's Irish whiskey featured "turpentine notes interlaced with the muscle of a crowded, poorly maintained Turkish sauna" – the liquid has been reportedly sold well since its debut in September. White predicted last year that McGregor would make "one billion dollars" of decent twelve.
Hours before his announcement, McGregor appeared on the "Tonight Show" and said he was negotiating to fight at UFC 239 in July (Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone was a rumor opponent) prior to a possible rematch with Nurmagomedov in late year. But he also reiterated that he did not necessarily have to step back in octagonal.
"I don't necessarily have to fight," McGregor said on the show, per. AP. "I'm put to life. My family is alive. Are good, but I'm eager to fight, so we'll see what's happening."
McGregor has had a couple of run-ins with the law in the United States. The seeds of the Nurmagomedov battle were planted four months earlier when he threw an equipment trolley on a bus carrying the Russian fighter and his training partners during a UFC advertising event in Brooklyn. McGregor charged no fight for a number of disorderly behaviors and received community service and anger management courses.
Earlier this month, McGregor was accused of intestinal robbery and criminal abuse, both crimes in Miami after police had alleged that the Irish "Stomped" on and took a man's mobile phone in an incident outside Fontainebleau Hotel.
It's not the first time that McGregor, 30, has announced his retirement on Twitter. In April 2016, he wrote that he had "decided to retire young" one month after a loss for Nate Diaz. But he reversed his decision two days later would return four months after that with a victory over Diaz at UFC 202. He then won the UFC light title by beating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 2015 in November 2016, his final eight-edge victory.  McGregor finishes with a professional MMA record of 21-4 and a boxing of 0-1.
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