Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor took to Twitter late Monday night to announce his retirement from mixed martial arts. Whether the decision is final or just a negotiation tactic for his next fight remains to be seen, but social media went abuzz nonetheless.
Hey guys quick announcement, I've decided to retire from the sport formally known as "Mixed Martial Art" today.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
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!
Here's what fighters are saying about McGregor's post.
There can be only one king in the jungle.— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 26, 2019
Only ☝️ pic.twitter.com/BuqVNUkoR0
I've come out of retirement.— michael (@bisping) March 26, 2019
👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) March 26, 2019
Rousey: 'We'll see how permanent' McGregor's retirement is
Ronda Rousey is skeptical about Conor McGregor's sudden retirement, suggesting that it may not be a permanent retirement from UFC.
Second round is on me😉 https://t.co/1liGxXhVTG— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) March 26, 2019
Wheres that sofa?— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) March 26, 2019
And just like that he was gone. Congrats @TheNotoriousMMA on a career that changed the game. The sport has grown and you have helped the sport crossover. Thank you Conor, no doubt @ProperWhiskey will have the same success as you in the octagon. Cheers— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) March 26, 2019
Nah I'm tryna see you and Nate scrap it out one last time— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) March 26, 2019
I don't believe it. I think it's tactics #retirement— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) March 26, 2019
Get in make money get out.— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 26, 2019
Much respect to Conor.
He'll be back though for sure! https://t.co/V1mMpPHini