McGregor Shocks The World By Announcing Retirement Early Tuesday Morning
UFC fighter Connor McGregor took to Twitter this week to announce he will be retiring from the octagon. McGregor’s last fight occurred at UFC 229 in October 2018 against Khabib Nurmagomedov. He lost via submission.
Hey guys quick announcement, 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!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
If he sticks to retirement, McGregor last known fight wouldn’t be in the octagon but for the brawl that occurred after his loss. The brawl caused the two fighters to be suspended, with McGregor receiving a 6-month ban that went into effect the night of the fight.
April 6 is when he is eligible to return. This will be the second time the Irish native has said he will leave the octagon.
In April 2016 McGregor took to Twitter to announce his retirement for the first time. The retirement was said to have been part of the UFC pulling him from UFC 200 due to him not taking part in promotional events leading up to the pay-per-view.
After he and the company ironed things out, McGregor went on to defeat Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August 2016.
McGregor made his first Mixed Martial Arts bout as an amateur at the age of 18 in 2007. He won via technical knockout and then turned professional after the victory.
His first professional fight was with Cage Fighting Fighting Championship in 2008 as a lightweight facing Gary Morris. He defeated Morris in the second round with a knockout. He won his second fight and then moved to the featherweight division. His debut was a loss via submission against Artemij Sitenkov. His next fight resulted in a victory.
Moving back to the lightweight division, McGregor won 8 consecutive fights between 2011 and 2012. He became the first European professional fighter to hold two titles simultaneously. One in the CWFC featherweight division and the other in their lightweight division.
In 2013 UFC president Dana White took a trip to Dublin, Ireland and was told he should sign McGregor. A few days later after meeting with the fighter, a contract was offered.
McGregor became the second Irish fighter in the UFC and made his debut on April 6, 2013. He went against Marcus Brimage and knocked him out in a 1:07 into the first round.
During his career, he has won the UFC Featherweight Championship, the UFC Lightweight Championship, and been the Interim UFC Championship. In 2015 he was ESPN’s, MMA Fightings’, Bleacher Reports’ and others pick for fighter of the year. McGregor also won the 2015 ESPY for fighter of the year.
On August 26, 2017, McGregor made his professional boxing debut against the eleven-time five-division world champion as well as undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. He lost via knockout in the 10th round. McGregor made a guaranteed undisclosed $30 million from the fight and is reported to have made as much as $100 million overall. It stands as the second biggest pay-per-view fight of all time.
He finishes his career with a 21-4 record, with 18 knockouts and 1 submission. All of his losses in the octagon have come via submission. McGregor has never been knocked out.
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