The former lightweight and featherweight champion announced his retirement via his Twitter account early on Tuesday morning.
Conor McGregor (21-4) had always been in a popular figure in European MMA during his time with Cage Warriors. However, it was 2013 when Conor McGregor became well known across the globe after his first round destruction of Marcus Brimage.
His iconic call out for “50 G’s” has been long since emulated and the Dubliner would only continue to soar through the featherweight division.
McGregor’s cocky demeanour during pre-fight build ups certainly got into several opponent’s heads and whether people liked him or not, people tuned in and there’s obviously a reason why he is one of the biggest draws the UFC have ever had at their disposal.
McGregor made history by becoming the first dual weight champion (lightweight/featherweight) despite criticisms from fans and pundits that he had never actually defended his 145lbs strap having claimed it in devastating fashion against Jose Aldo.
McGregor finally returned to the Octgaon after a lengthy lay off which saw him face Floyd Mayweather in a one time boxing event. “The Notorious” fought and lost out to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a tense rivalry which spilled out into the crowd after the bout.
Since then, rumours have been floating around about Conor’s next opponent. Nate Diaz for a trilogy series, Donald Cerrone or even the Khabib rematch were all tabled.
However on Tuesday morning, McGregor took to Twitter to announce his retirement from the sport of MMA.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN tweeted a statement from UFC President Dana White in relation to the announcement.
MMA retirements are never usually to be taken seriously with plenty of fighters seen back in action several months later and this should be treated no differently given that in 2016, McGregor also posted something similar in relation to a retirement but let’s watch this space.