Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) on Tuesday morning, despite ongoing talks to make his return to the Octagon in July.
Those record-breaking whiskey sales might have something to do with it.
“Hey guys quick announcement,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “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!”
This isn’t the first time McGregor announced his departure on social media, having used his Twitter account to say farewell back in early 2016 after failing to come to terms on the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) main event.
“Notorious” is currently under suspension for his UFC 229 post-fight brawl in Las Vegas, where the power-punching Irishman failed to recapture his crown from 155-pound rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov. There were talks of a Nate Diaz rubber match later this year, but it appears the recently-arrested McGregor has other plans.
Whether or not this latest retirement sticks remains to be seen, but withdrawing from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool would certainly add some weight to the former “champ champ’s” decision, which to be honest, appears to be rather hasty.
McGregor, 30, finishes his career at 21-4 with 18 knockouts.