McGregor announces his retirement from MMA, again

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UFC superstar Conor McGregor announced his retirement on social media Monday night, abruptly ending his remarkable fighting career.

The combative Irishman has not taken the ring since October 2018 when he conceded the match to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

In recent months, Conor McGregor has been speaking and tweeting like a man with unfinished business in the fight game.

McGregor also said he does not need to fight because he is financially set due to his past success as UFC's highest-paid fighter, and the success of his Proper 12 whiskey company.

Conor McGregor on Tuesday announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts. "I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition", tweeted McGregor in the shock announcement.

McGregor appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this week and said he was in talks to fight this summer. That was a bout which he lost by submission to the Russian. The Irish fighter began his career in 2008 and has been embroiled in many controversies. Thanks for the cheese. "When a fighter feels he or she should retire then I agree they should".

There, he said he was negotiating a July return to the UFC. He has accomplished incredible things in this sport.

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McGregor already made a pro-boxing debut against none other than Floyd Mayweather in 2017, in one of the most lucrative bouts ever, which (for good reason) has been labeled the 'Money Fight'.

For now let the speculation continue for McGregor's return date and the list of opponents who could welcome him back to the Octagon when he fights again in 2019.

He was also arrested in Florida earlier this month after he smashed a fan's phone and left with the remains outside a hotel in Miami.

We have, of course, seen something like this before.

His reference to "politics" is apparently in regard to White saying McGregor wouldn't headline a July pay-per-view because it's not the main event, and he doesn't want to have a non-title fight atop a pay-per-view show again.

He became the first fighter to hold two UFC belts simultaneously when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in November 2016 but was later stripped of the strap after a period of inactivity.

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