UFC star Conor McGregor announced his unexpected retirement from mixed martial arts Monday in a social media post.
The announcement came just a few hours after McGregor, 30, told "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" that he and the UFC negotiated a potential return to the Octagon in July.
Hello guys quick notice, I have decided to retire from the sport formally known as "Mixed Martial Art" today.
I wish all my old colleagues well
26. March 2019
19659004] "We are in negotiations in July," McGregor said in his Tonight Show appearance. "We want to see what happens, a lot of politics is going on. The fight is a wild game. But as I said to my fans, I'm in shape and I'm ready."
"I've done my piece for the business. I don't necessarily have to fight. I'm put to life. My family is put to life. We are good, but I'm eager to fight. So we see what's happening "I am clear."
UFC President Dana White told ESPN that McGregor's pension "makes sense". White also said he believes the message is legitimate.
"He has the money to retire, and his [Proper 12] whiskey is killing it," said White via SMS. "It makes quite sense. If I were him, I would also retire. He retires from the fighting, not from working. Whiskey will keep him busy and I am sure he has other things he works on.
"He's been so fun to see !!! He has done amazing things in this sport. I'm so fond of him, and I'm looking forward to seeing him be as successful outside the Octagon as he was in. "
McGregor (21-4) has previously retired on social media. In April 2016, he announced on Twitter, "I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya later. "
At that time, McGregor and the UFC were negotiating a potential match on the UFC 200. McGregor eventually did not fight at the UFC 200, but he appeared octagonal a month later in a very profitable second match against his rival Nate Diaz
McGregor's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.