Conor “The Notorious” McGregor was one of the UFC’s top stars and owns the record for the fastest title fight knockout in the league’s history. The former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight champion is hanging up the gloves and will no longer step into the Octagon after announcing his apparent retirement.
Taking to Twitter, the 30-year-old McGregor made the announcement that he’s taking leave of MMA, this in the wake of recent legal issues and demanding a slice of UFC ownership. However, McGregor has found success outside the ring as well with his Prop No. Twelve whiskey line.
UFC boss Dana White has heard retirement talk from McGregor before but this time, White is seemingly accepting the fact he’s losing one of the UFC’s biggest draws. However, this isn’t the first time McGregor has made this announcement as noted by observers who believe he’ll be back.
Despite how one might feel about McGregor’s larger-than-life personality, he truly electrified the sport and delivered some amazing moments inside the cage.
So long, Notorious and thanks for the highlights. Cheers.
We’ve got reactions from combat sports Twitter below.
I've had 10 minutes to process Conor McGregor's retirement tweet.— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 26, 2019
My thoughts: pic.twitter.com/YqmmdvmUt0
"Who the **** is that guy?!"— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 26, 2019
"I'd like to apologise, to absolutely nobody!"
The Double Champ said what he wanted on the mic...
If this is the end of Conor McGregor's MMA career, you can't deny it hasn't been entertaining 😂 pic.twitter.com/k0LFX7qQpr
Conor McGregor has now retired as many times as he's captured UFC championships, and he's going to stay retired as many times as he's defended his UFC championships— BritPicksMMA 🇬🇧 (@BritPicksMMA) March 26, 2019
So Conor McGregor is "retiring" (again).— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) March 26, 2019
Lads, he was on Jimmy Fallon last night saying he was "in talks" for a fight in July.
Come on now... pic.twitter.com/sxzgQGgd7V
After his first "retirement" tweet almost three years ago, Conor McGregor went on to fight Nate Diaz for the second time at UFC 202, which went on to sell a reported 1.6 million PPV buys. That's second on the all time UFC PPV buy list, only behind UFC 229: Khabib vs. Conor. pic.twitter.com/Cgkm3b5pzf— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 26, 2019
Conor McGregor one week after declaring he has retired from the UFC pic.twitter.com/q8TdXHrffd— MacMally🍀 (@MacMallyMMA) March 26, 2019
Never a dull moment in this sport. https://t.co/F7cFIpe048— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) March 26, 2019
I'm not quite sure if I'm convinced yet, but at the same time I wouldn't be too surprised. Time will tell if we have truly seen the last of Conor McGregor in the octagon.— Caden Helmers (@cadenhelmers) March 26, 2019
doubt this one will get the same attention as the "Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later." tweet from April 2016.— dan shapiro (@dannyshap) March 26, 2019
but considering that Conor came back to fight Diaz four months later, this new retirement announcement can only mean that July 2019 will be both notorious & proper. https://t.co/dJ39Byc9NH
Could be a negotiating ploy. If not, what a career. https://t.co/0yTt0NTKX9— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) March 26, 2019
Conor McGregor loves the limelight. He'd retire in the middle of the night, after not retiring during his appearance on Jimmy Fallon? It just sounds fishy - like it's some sort of publicity thing we don't yet know the details on...— Jason Smith (@howaboutafresca) March 26, 2019
Yeah... but something tells me we'll see him in the octagon again. https://t.co/S6VNHjAoKq— Troy Hirsch (@troyhirschfox5) March 26, 2019
Wait, did Conor McGregor just retire? Even though he said he officially has, I still feel really confused, with very mixed emotions. #Notorious— Bryan Byrne (@SoccerCleats101) March 26, 2019